CHARLOTTE — If the Carolina Panthers make any more moves in free agency, they can thank left tackle Jordan Gross for helping.
The second-longest tenured Panther agreed to a restructured deal with the team that drops his salary cap figure by nearly $7 million.
Gross was set to make $8.7 million in 2013, but the franchise leader in starts agreed to drop his base salary to $1 million while earning a $4.5 million signing bonus on a contract extension through 2017.
The $6.8 million more in cap space gives the Panthers more than $7 million to spend on free agents and draft picks.
Gross, 32, is a 10-year veteran who has appeared in two Pro Bowls.
In addition, the Panthers announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Dwan Edwards. A league source said Edwards signed a two-year deal with the club.
Also, the agent for Chase Blackburn says the former Giants linebacker has agreed on a two-year contract with Carolina, The Associated Press reported. It’s unclear if Blackburn can break into a starting lineup in Carolina that includes AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis.