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Panthers ask LT Jordan Gross to restructure contract

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11:53 AM ET 03.10 | The Carolina Panthers cut their third-longest tenured player Friday when veteran cornerback Chris Gamble was released. And they want their second-longest tenured player to take a pay cut. Left tackle Jordan Gross, who has the most career starts in team history, has been asked to restructure his contract to help the Panthers clear salary cap space, two league sources said Saturday. Gross, 32, has a cap number this year of $11.7 million. Only Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson???s is higher at $13 million. Releasing Gamble left the Panthers about $4 million under the $123 million cap. They need to be about $10 million to $12 million below it to bring in free agents ??? none expected to be big-name acquisitions ??? and sign their draft picks.

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Jordan Gross coming out of the tunnel, Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Jordan Gross coming out of the tunnel, Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
March 10, 2013  12:24 PM ET

Only way he does a redo is if they extend him and give more guaranteed money. He has seen the dark side of the business of football, and he is nobody's fool.

March 10, 2013  01:11 PM ET

Alert the media. A relatively unknown player is asked to restructure his contract.

March 10, 2013  02:42 PM ET

Nobody seems to honour contracts in the NFL anymore it seems. I agree with 50yearfan, get bonuses and an extension. Football is a short career.

March 10, 2013  06:30 PM ET

That's why Bee-Hop is still a Champion, he doesn't have an age or Salary Cap, congratulations Bernard Hopkins 48 years old and still kicking sAs!!!

March 10, 2013  09:17 PM ET

Ask Cam first for a restructuring.

 
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