Joel Corry: Greg Hardy Likely Targeting Charles Johnson-esque Deal
Former agent, turned writer for the National Football Post and CBSSports.com, Joel Corry, joins Mac and Jim to look at the Panthers cap situation entering the 2014 off-season.
On Greg Hardy: The easiest way to keep him is to do a long term deal. If you are going to use the franchise tag on him, that’s going to be almost $12.5 million dollars. The big problem is the cap room. Most people think it’s at $16 million, but it’s really close to $12 million once you factor in tenders for restricted free agents and exclusive rights players on expiring contracts. The best way to keep Greg Hardy is to get a long term deal done without using the franchise tag. The only problem is he’s going to be a very expensive guy to retain and the deal that Charles Johnson got, a couple years ago, averaging a little over $12.5 million a year is probably going to be what he targets or maybe his floor.
On possible salary restructures this off-season: There are a couple they could restructure. The largest cap number on the team is Charles Johnson. It’s almost $16.5 million and his base salary is $8.75 million, so that’s one they could play with. Another one is Ryan Kalil. He’s got a $10.4 million cap number, so you could get some room there. They could also do Greg Olsen, if you have to, he’s got a $7.8 million cap number.
On Dave Gettleman: What he did this year, in terms of taking that $16-17 million cap overage ad creating cap room was a phenomenal job, but another guy that doesn’t get a lot of credit is Rob Rogers. He’s the actual salary cap guy. He’s a hold over from the previous regime. I dealt with him a couple times and from my experience of dealing with cap guys, he gets it and he’s one of the better guys in the league, in terms of understanding how to manipulate and work the cap.
Joel also discusses Cam’s impending deal, Panther free agents that may have priced themselves out, the Panthers wide receiver situation including Hakeem Nicks discussion, league wide cap usage, and criticizes the Dallas Cowboys and the Saints use of the cap.
Click Here to hear The Charlotte Observer’s Joe Person describe why Greg Hardy might not be back with the team next year and other Carolina Panthers’ decisions in the off season.