The NFL finally has announced that the salary cap for 2013 will be set at $123 million. This is a shade higher than it was last season , but not enough to help many teams, and certainly not high enough to help the Carolina Panthers. Instead, the Panthers find themselves $4 million over the cap and in need to make roster moves simply to get under the limit.
Getting under the cap is just one part of what they are facing financially. There is no question about the $4 million to get even with the cap, then they need to worry about clearing enough space to be able to bring in a quality free agent and sign rookies. It is an unfortunate predicament for that Panthers, and it is going to call for some fairly tough decisions from their new general manager, Dave Gettleman.
So far it looks like corner back Chris Gamble could be part of the answer. Gamble was a stud for the Panthers in 2011, but injury forced him to sit out the majority of the 2012 season. Dumping Gamble’s contract would clear $7.9 million from the Panthers’ books, getting them under the cap and freeing up $3 million to put towards a free agent.
Earlier this week the panthers were rumored to be interested in snagging free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace when free agency began. This scenario is intriguing, with Cam Newton getting a weapon like Wallace to play opposite of Steve Smith, but it is highly unlikely. The numbers simply do not add up. Carolina would have to clear quite a bit of space to even be able to get Wallace to look their way and while Gamble would be a start, the Panthers would find themselves pretty thin by the time they had enough to make some noise in free agency.