Reporting Chris “Mac” McClain
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Have you ever gone shopping at the Dollar Store? You grab a bunch of items and when you get home, you open the bag and you are pretty impressed with what you purchased for such a small amount of money. That is how Panthers GM Dave Gettleman should feel.
When Gettleman arrived in the QC, his team was a whopping $16 millon over the cap (thanks Marty). They are now $6 mill under with some key parts added to this team in the process. Gettleman managed to keep 3 important free agents in backup QB Derek Anderson, DT Dwan Edwards and Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.
He also made the right decisions on a few other vets. Chris Gamble was released and that saved the Panthers around $8 million. Gamble was a talent, but at this point he was injury prone and not worth the investment. He got Jordan Gross to restructure his deal to save the Cats almost $7 mill against the cap. He wisely cut James Anderson to save $3 million. Anderson was vastly overpaid by the previous Panther regime. He signed a $20 plus million deal here, but got only $1.2 million on the open market.
Gettleman also added 2 corners in Drayton Florence and DJ Moore to help a serious position of need. And, he brought in a real return threat in Ted Ginn and a veteran LB for depth (since Anderson is gone) in 2 time Super Bowl Champ Chase Blackburn.
Sure, there are still things that tick me off. Like the fact we still are paying so much cap money to RBs when it’s a passing league and Jon Beason’s outrageous contract. But, I think Gettleman is doing pretty well at the poker table, considering the hand Marty Hurney gave him.