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Why Big Money Deals Affect The Panthers

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Ok, if you listen to the Mac Attack, you know by now that I am not a fan of the Panthers paying two RBs over $44 million in guaranteed money.  I love Double Trouble, but to me, your run game would still be great if you had D-Will OR  Stew, Mike Tolbert and Cam to run the ball.  It’s not like we have Bernie freakin Kosar back there.  Cam is one of the best QB runners ever to enter the league.  So, in a passing league,  how many ground weapons do you need to spend big money on? 

But, enough of that old argument. I am here today with some numbers that will show how slim the Panthers margin of error could be while building this team in the future.  According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, the Cats are already around $10 million over the cap for next year.  And, it gets worse.  They already have $20 million beyond the current cap committed to players in 2014. And, in 2015, with only 18 players signed, they are about $10 million under the current cap.

Now, sure the cap will most likely go up over the next few years, but I think it goes to show how little money they have to spend on new players over those years.  Throw in the fact that you they will probably give Cam a new deal in 2 or 3 years, they will be strickly relying on the draft to sign Defensive help or a new OT or another WR.  This is why I believe signing two RBs to big contracts and loading up on alot of LBs is a luxury. And, I am not sure we are living the life of luxury just yet.



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