Carolina Panthers' Potential Salary Cap Casualties

02/10/2013 7:34 PM

03/14/2015 4:40 PM

CB Chris Gamble

Gamble, who turns 30 next month, remains the Panthers’ best cover corner, despite injuries two of the last three seasons. But they simply can’t afford him with their cap situation. Gamble has a $10.9 million cap figure, and the Panthers will create $7.9 million in space by cutting him.

LB Jon Beason

Beason has played in five games since the Panthers made him the league’s highest-paid linebacker in 2011. And he’s lost his spot at middle linebacker to Luke Kuechly. But with $12 million in pro-rated money remaining, the Panthers would lose cap room by cutting him. Getting Beason to agree to an incentive-laden restructuring, like Thomas Davis did, would be preferred.

RB DeAngelo Williams

Like Beason, Williams has a lot of pro-rated money – $9.6 million, all of which would count against the Panthers’ cap if they traded him. Jonathan Stewart’s ankle issues last season showed the value of having two running backs, although there are younger and cheaper alternatives. The Panthers could designate Williams as a June 1 cut, allowing them to split the $9.6 million cap hit over the next two years.

OT Jordan Gross

Carolina would clear $6.7 million by cutting Gross, but they would also be left without a left tackle and one of their emotional leaders. Gross might have slipped a bit in recent years, but he’s still an above-average blocker. The Panthers talked to Gross about restructuring his deal last year; that could be an option.

DT Ron Edwards

The Panthers felt lucky to get 11 games out of the 33-year-old Edwards last season. Cutting Edwards frees up $2.5 million in cap space.

LB James Anderson

With Davis healthy and Kuechly’s emergence, Anderson’s role was diminished a bit last season. Releasing Anderson would be a wash unless the Panthers designate him as a June 1 cut and take a $2.1 million hit the next two years.

S Haruki Nakamura

Nakamura’s coverage meltdowns relegated him to a part-time duty last season, before he tore his groin. The Panthers could create nearly $1 million in cap room by releasing him.

OL Garry Williams

Williams has been a dependable backup who can play several spots up front. But is he worth the $1 million the Panthers would free up by cutting him?

WR Armanti Edwards

Edwards, who has a cap figure of $753,000, doesn’t make much. But until his 69-yard punt return at New Orleans in Week 17, he hadn’t shown much his first three seasons, either.

Panthers' Free Agents

Unrestricted (11)

QB Derek Anderson

WR Louis Murphy

TE Ben Hartsock

TE Gary Barnidge

G Mike Pollak

DE Antwan Applewhite

DT Dwan Edwards

LB Jason Phillips

LB Jordan Senn

CB Captain Munnerlyn

S Sherrod Martin

Restricted (2)

DT Andre Neblett

CB Nate Ness

Exclusive Rights (1)

TE/FB Richie Brockel

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