Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
I feel very good that the Panthers hired a GM from the Super Bowl winning Giants. A guy who has 25 years experience scouting in the NFL, who has worked for 6 Super Bowl teams and 3 Super Bowl winners. I am very happy they didn’t promote inexperienced Brandon Beane or hire Jim Popp from the CFL. I like the hiring of Dave Gettleman. But, now it is time for him to get to work. This should be the start of his to do list……..
1) Manage the Cap mess- The Cats are 16 million over and they need to get under the cap before the start of the league year in March. Cutting or trading Chris Gamble and Jordan Gross would save you 16 million right there. But, I don’t know if they can afford to lose Gross. But you could save a bunch by restructuring him. You could also save a little bit of cash cutting James Anderson, Ron Edwards and Charles Godfrey. It is going to take alot of work to get far enough below the cap to sign a few low level free agents and your draft picks.
2) Trade Deangelo Williams. He is approaching 30 years old which is sometimes like an expiration date for backs. He played well at the end of the season and has some trade value. It would cost $1.4 million to deal him, but a pick in return and a cleared up backfield would make it worth it.
3) Handle the Beason situation. Jon Beason cannot be cut. It would cost $11 million extra bucks to do so. Restructuring might be the best move, but that won’t be easy either.
4) Sign Captain Munnerlyn and Derek Anderson. If you let Gmable go, you can’t lose The Captain, who was one of the most improved players on the team in 2012.
5) Draft an Offensive Lineman. No matter what you do with Gross, I think you have to add to the O-Line early and often. It was our weakest unit in 2012 and with Cam being the franchise, we can’t afford to not protect him better. Plus, a better run game (we dropped from 3rd to 9th) would be his best friend.