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Richardson chides those who called him cheap

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After a week-long spending spree that saw a one-year starter at defensive end get a $30 million signing bonus and a 28-year-old tailback who missed 10 games last season due to injury pocket $21 million in guaranteed money, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is rubbing the burned hole in his pocket in the faces of those who would call him cheap.

“Does anybody feel just a little bad about calling me cheap last year?  Just a smidgen?” Richardson told reporters on Wednesday, according to Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com.

“The facts are we did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Richardson added.  “What really precipitated this is we haven’t had back-to-back winning seasons and what we were doing wasn’t working.  So we wanted to attempt to go young and draft our players.  We kept everyone of our key core players, which is remarkable to me.  I would have assumed some percent of them would have gone somewhere else.”

Some would say that keeping the core players from a 2-14 team isn’t exactly a great idea.  Others would wonder whether Richardson opted to play it cheap in 2010 not because he’s cheap, but as part of the broader strategy to keep money in the owners’ pockets and out of the players’ hands as the threat of a lockout loomed.

Either way, Richardson is spending money freely now.  Whether he’s spending it smartly remains to be seen.

That said, it seems to make more sense to spend the money on players who were with the team in 2010, given the compressed window of opportunity to prepare for the 2011 season.  As the Eagles bring in more and more new players, the challenge of getting them all on the same page by September 11 will only become greater.

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42 Responses to “Richardson chides those who called him cheap”
  1. brs027 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:07 PM

    My bad, you rich idiot.

  2. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:07 PM

    I don’t know about cheap, but the contracts he handed out were stupid!

  3. everydayimfumbilin says: Aug 3, 2011 8:08 PM

    your not cheap but you spent it stupidly

  4. gazivicious says: Aug 3, 2011 8:10 PM

    He actually kept the core of the team that went 12-4 with a decent QB, but what do I know. I don’t work for NBC

  5. skylark70455 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:10 PM

    Nope Jerry… not even a smidgen.

    In fact.. we’re warming up the “Jerry spends money like a drunken sailor, only with a less discerning eye for value” complaints!

  6. jbaxt says: Aug 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    “I don’t know about cheap, but the contracts he handed out were stupid!”

    Says Eagles fan…

  7. long0051 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:16 PM

    Probably a change of “heart”

    …won’t pay Peppers or John Fox last year but instead pays DE Charles Johnson and D. Williams with Stewart/Goodson at back.

    doesn’t make sense to me

  8. pilot2011 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:18 PM

    Fact is, Deangelo Williams should have gotten an extension back in 08 when he ruched for 1600 yards and 20 touchdowns. Or, when they drafted Stewart with a 1st round pick, but instead of whining about it, he embraced Stew and became the first due to rush for 1100 yards each in a season…So he gets hurt in 2010 and now he doesn’t deserve that money?

    Big money this year to Charles Johnson, Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, James Anderson. They are the core players of a the 2-14 team that would start on 31 other teams in the nfl.

  9. rickycubane says: Aug 3, 2011 8:19 PM

    exactly .. this guy is a retard.. sorry man your not cheap anymore your just the worst front office in the league.. spending 10 to 15 million more on each guy you signed

  10. borisbulldog says: Aug 3, 2011 8:27 PM

    Wonder what Richardson will think in January when all this money gets him a 3 win season?

  11. mwill2 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:29 PM

    He should have spent some cash on a long-term extension for John Fox. So yes, he’s still cheap.

  12. gazivicious says: Aug 3, 2011 8:35 PM

    “…won’t pay Peppers or John Fox last year but instead pays DE Charles Johnson and D. Williams with Stewart/Goodson at back.”

    Peppers didn’t want to play in Carolina. He was offered to be #1 D player in NFL and declined. And John Fox wasn’t fired.

  13. tgrfan42069 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:43 PM

    the panthers wil turn some heads this year if cam plays good..what people forget is we had a lot of injuries last year on the o line and so forth.

  14. southcakpanther says: Aug 3, 2011 8:46 PM

    mwill2 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 8:29 PM
    He should have spent some cash on a long-term extension for John Fox. So yes, he’s still cheap.
    —————————————-
    ^^worst post of the preseason.

    Panthers are gonna compete folks, hate to break it to you from down here in “small market” Carolina.

  15. hobartbaker says: Aug 3, 2011 8:54 PM

    “O.K.”, said Jerry, “maybe we overspent a bit on the free agents, but you know I’m still really optimistic, cause we got that Gabbert kid to play quarterback for us for the next 15 years!”.

  16. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Aug 3, 2011 8:59 PM

    Is it me, or is he saying that their plan was to tank?

  17. buckbrennan says: Aug 3, 2011 9:05 PM

    jbaxt says:
    Aug 3, 2011 8:13 PM
    “I don’t know about cheap, but the contracts he handed out were stupid!”

    Says Eagles fan…
    _______________

    exactly which new contract that philly gave out would you call stupid?…the only long term deal they absolutely tied into is Nnamdi…so again which move was stupid?

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 3, 2011 9:06 PM

    We apologize, you’re not cheap. You’re just a moron.

    Way to ruin your entire franchise by overpaying 1-year wonders…

  19. long0051 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:18 PM

    “Peppers didn’t want to play in Carolina. He was offered to be #1 D player in NFL and declined. And John Fox wasn’t fired.”

    Instead of Back to back franchise tags and just pay the man a long term contract Peppers probably would’ve stayed. John Fox wasn’t fired but let his contract run out and gave him no help what so ever last year.

  20. kepickle says: Aug 3, 2011 9:20 PM

    I’M sick of hear you Dumbass Panthers where 2-14 team because our GM wanted a Young team & our HC John Fox did give a rats ass about the players or fans or anyone else
    So I’ll say to the Broncos fans good lunk winning any games

  21. eaglejim88 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:37 PM

    I don’t know why every one misses john fox.. this is the same guy that started that bumb QB delhomme for 8 years.
    A qb that would be a backup anywhere else

  22. jacksaysfu says: Aug 3, 2011 9:38 PM

    *congratulate

  23. slopmcflop says: Aug 3, 2011 9:59 PM

    Oh for the love of god. Can we all say it together? For me? One time? Okay, let’s go:

    “Peppers was offered not once, but twice to be the highest paid defender in the sport. He refused, so the Panthers kept tagging him. When they realized he wouldn’t re-sign, they let him walk.”

    The end.

  24. catman72 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:59 PM

    Yeah idiots, let’s extend Fox’s contract even though he failed to post back-to-back winning seasons, brilliant!

    So we’re stupid for paying Johnson and Williams but we would have been smart to extend the contract of a coach who was never able to put together back-to-back winning seasons?

    We offered to make Peppers the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, he ignored that offer and then announced he wanted to be traded through ESPN (instead of being a man about it and approaching the Panthers FO). We paid him big money to stick around for one more year while we figured out what else we had, then WE let him walk because we didn’t want to sink big money into a DE on the verge of turning 30.

    Guess what happened? Charles Johnson had a better season then Peppers did… more sacks and more pressures, so who’s an idiot now?

  25. catman72 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:01 PM

    @ eaglejim88

    That “bum” Delhomme threw for 300 yards and 3 TD’s in a SB… have the Eagles ever had a QB perform like that in a SB?

  26. slopmcflop says: Aug 3, 2011 10:07 PM

    Also, Richardson was making plans around the lockout. He didn’t want to keep Fox, but didn’t want to shove him out the door either. He let his contract expire. Before last season, Fox quietly told his staff to look elsewhere for employment. Several staffers took him up on this. Getting dealt with a young roster that Fox felt “forced” to play, Fox mailed in the entire year and was the very definition of a lame duck coach. This mentality seeped into the locker room and this, coupled with many injuries including several key players, and the struggles at QB, made the team get down on itself pretty quickly.

    Look, the talent from the 12-4 year is still here mostly. If they’ve done anything, it’s loaded the offense up with more playmakers on the field than I’ve ever seen at once for this team. Now am I saying they’ll be Super Bowl bound this year? No. New staff, developing QB. Wouldn’t be realistic.

    However, with the youth and talent of the team, as well as all major pieces now being locked up in long term deals, Jerry Richardson and the Panthers have set themselves up to be contenders for years to come.

    Rest of the league: take notice. If Cam plays up to even NEAR his potential, Carolina just might have a dynasty on their hands.

  27. oldboyy26 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:11 PM

    eaglejim88 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 9:37 PM
    I don’t know why every one misses john fox.. this is the same guy that started that bumb QB delhomme for 8 years.
    A qb that would be a backup anywhere else

    ____________________

    You do realize that “bum” lead them to a super bowl, a 2nd NFC Championship game in ’05, and a 12-4 record in ’08. Delhomme was never great but he was more than adequate to get wins for our team. He did more in his career than 98% of the QBs to ever play the game, and more than you could ever dream of. Pull your head out of your ass and give credit where it is due. Clearly you are still upset we dominated you to get to that Super Bowl.

  28. doe22us says: Aug 3, 2011 10:16 PM

    ok these updates by the Panthers are getting ridiculous from Jon Beason.. till their HC and now the owner.. who is next the punter? I ascribe to the notion shut up and let your play do the talking.

  29. dmitchell624 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:22 PM

    “I’M sick of hear you Dumbass Panthers where 2-14 team because our GM wanted a Young team & our HC John Fox did give a rats ass about the players or fans or anyone else
    So I’ll say to the Broncos fans good lunk winning any games”

    _________

    HUH?

  30. phreud69 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:26 PM

    What if team X signed Johnson, Williams and Anderson? The national media would say “coup!”. The Panthers just did that, and they suck? Please explain…

  31. joshsmith199065 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    “Instead of Back to back franchise tags and just pay the man a long term contract Peppers probably would’ve stayed. John Fox wasn’t fired but let his contract run out and gave him no help what so ever last year.

    Uh the reason they franchised Peppers back to back years was because he didn’t except the new deal back in 07, etc that would have made him the highest paid player in league history. So to say he probably would have stayed is silly. He wanted out for a long time and gotten his wish. As for Fox, everyone knew he wasn’t going to be given an extension( no back to back winning seasons, didn’t play young talent etc, offense so damn predictable with run,run,pass,punt). Heck he played over the hill veterans who weren’t producing to the amount being paid. It was time for a change to them

    “Way to ruin your entire franchise by overpaying 1-year wonders…”

    Jon B a 1 year wonder? 3 time pro bowler along making 1st and 2nd team all pro in only 5 years so far. D Will 1 year wonder? Uh no, but he is injury prone and shock they make him the highest paid rb in the league. The only players who are 1`year wonder n CJ and JA( both starting for 1 full season). Heck I’m an Falcons fan and I wanted CJ along many teams.

  32. joshsmith199065 says: Aug 3, 2011 10:30 PM

    ““Way to ruin your entire franchise by overpaying 1-year wonders…”

    You might want to bash the Seahawks for overpaying a 1 year wonder n Sidney R $8 million a year. Zach M who only has 12td’s in 4 years as one of the highest paid TEnd’s in the league. Heck the matter of fact is that every player is mostly OVERPAD.

  33. borisbulldog says: Aug 3, 2011 10:41 PM

    If Cam plays up to even NEAR his potential, Carolina just might have a dynasty on their hands.

    __________________________________

    That’s exactly waht OAK said when they drafted JaMarcus Russell!

  34. phelbin says: Aug 3, 2011 10:44 PM

    He may be proud of his recent spending, but he’s going to regret about $20 million of that spending a few years from now when Cam Newton turns out to be the poor man’s Vince Young. Money well spent!

  35. tinopuno says: Aug 3, 2011 10:54 PM

    catman72 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:59 PM

    Yeah idiots, let’s extend Fox’s contract even though he failed to post back-to-back winning seasons, brilliant!

    So we’re stupid for paying Johnson and Williams but we would have been smart to extend the contract of a coach who was never able to put together back-to-back winning seasons?

    We offered to make Peppers the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, he ignored that offer and then announced he wanted to be traded through ESPN (instead of being a man about it and approaching the Panthers FO). We paid him big money to stick around for one more year while we figured out what else we had, then WE let him walk because we didn’t want to sink big money into a DE on the verge of turning 30.

    ————————————————————

    What’s with all the “We”s. Do you play for Carolina or maybe you’re a FO exec?

  36. valman61 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:02 PM

    Carolina fans:

    Don’t listen to the people here criticizing your owner or front office. You guys didnt have a capable quarterback last season. Go down the list, teams with bad qb play never win. At worst you need average qb play. If Cam is good, you have enough talent to win. If he’s terrible, you will lose. It’s that simple.

    As far as your owner being stupid or cheap? Last season he was horrible, no free agents no coaches nothing. Basically no new money. However this was obviously due to the lockout. Now he’s doing what any smart organization does, he’s signing his young talent and locking them up long term. That’s what any smart GM in this league does. The difference between smart and bad lies only in which players you decide to pay and which you let walk. Time will tell how good your gm is.

    As a side note, this is why teams like the patriots, colts, steelers, and giants are perennial playoff teams. Buying talent at a premium for the big names doesn’t win. Think of it like the stock market. If you buy at it’s highest point your only going to lose money. Free agency is a tool to fill big holes or add pieces on top of the team you draft. If your foundation is bad, the salary cap will not allow you to buy enough talent to win. You need young cheap players to play well. Every NFL fan would be smart to learn these lessons well. Signing a free agent dream team has never and will never work. This isn’t even a slight to the eagles, because they have allot of one year contracts, this won’t hurt them long term. But it will be a one or two year window with this group before the players who perform want big money and extensions. They will have to cut your Ronnie browns and other big name players and pay up to Maclin, Vick, McCoy, and Desean. Right now you have a year or two with them still playing on the cheap, when it’s time to pay them, that cap space will be gone fast.

  37. joshsmith199065 says: Aug 3, 2011 11:02 PM

    Oh boy I meant OVERPAID

  38. realitypolice says: Aug 3, 2011 11:41 PM

    gazivicious says:
    Aug 3, 2011 8:10 PM
    He actually kept the core of the team that went 12-4 with a decent QB, but what do I know. I don’t work for NBC
    ==============

    So he kept the core of a team that can only win with a good QB and he will send this core out onto the field this season with………………

    Cam Newton?

    Good luck with that.

  39. CKL says: Aug 4, 2011 1:06 AM

    oldboyy26 says:
    Aug 3, 2011 10:11 PM

    You do realize that “bum” lead them to a super bowl, a 2nd NFC Championship game in ’05, and a 12-4 record in ’08. Delhomme was never great but he was more than adequate to get wins for our team. He did more in his career than 98% of the QBs to ever play the game, and more than you could ever dream of. Pull your head out of your ass and give credit where it is due. Clearly you are still upset we dominated you to get to that Super Bowl.
    ___________________________________
    BRA
    VO.
    Nicely done! When his QB had a shot at a slightly lesser Pats defense the following year, he threw 3 INTS and ran a 5+ min long 2 min drive during which he was winded. LOL

    I am sitting here wondering who all the one year wonders are that these peeps are complaining about. The only one they have a case for is Johnson. Beason’s been great since his rookie year, Williams started off slow but had two great years back to back, Anderson’s been very solid for a couple years, Davis has been a stud since he went to OLB, etc. I could see some hesitation w/ Davis only b/c of his injury history though. And they will get Kalil done eventually. You could say they overspent a bit on their own, maybe but that’s all. And maybe they shouldn’t have backed up the brinks truck for Gamble but that was a couple years ago.

  40. chazatlas says: Aug 4, 2011 3:28 AM

    Anyone STILL comparing Cam Newton to JaMarcus Russell is just simply retarded. It’s a stupid comparison, old and it’s lame. Spiteful SEC fans who had their ass handed to them by Cam/Auburn last year – try to find some new material.

  41. detruthhurts says: Aug 4, 2011 7:10 AM

    Dynasty? Are you freaking kidding me? What a delusional homer! Beason is the onlyF/A worth what you paid him! You got a rookie coach and a rookie QB that has Jemarcus Russell and Vince you written all over him! You idiots keep squawking that John Fox mailed the season in last year. Thats bullsh*t! John Fox is a profesional coach, do you honestly believe he would do that! Thus ruining a chance to coach in the NFL again, Really? Yall are dumber than I thought!

  42. panther17 says: Aug 4, 2011 12:06 PM

    detruthhurts,

    The only thing Cam has comparable to Jemarcus Russell and Vince Young is color of skin. Myself, being someone who was hoping for a name other then “Cam Newton” announced at the draft for the Panthers, have been impressed with Cam’s work ethic and how he has handled himself since the draft. How he plays on the field, none of us know since he has yet to play a down in the NFL. So your comparisons really have not merit. The truth hurts.

    John Fox did mail in the season. He wasn’t the only one but he definitely mailed in last season. He had an alibi set up by mid season that the reason the team was losing was due to the players on the field were not his players. You could hear the dribble of an excuse being spewed by announcers during the game. Why would the players put in their heart and soul to win a game when their own coach doesn’t back you? The disaster of last season had no chance of hurting his chance at a new job. Fox is an excellent defensive coach. Just don’t let him touch your offense. We’re talking about a man who has said that a punt is not a bad play. Run, run, pass, punt. Play field position. He doesn’t care if the other team knows the exact play being called. We’re going to execute and score being more physical or fail and let the d win it for us. Fox ball. No adjusting at half time. Only way we are turning to more passing is if we are down by 4 TD. No creativity. I have a strong dislike for the Patriots and Coach B. But the man had a point when he said, “When you’re playing defense it’s your job to stop them. It’s not (the offense’s) job to not score. It’s like I tell the offense, what the (bleep) do you think I send you guys out there for? To punt? “. The truth hurts.

    I’m not touching the dynasty part. Some of my fellow Panther fans might be suffering from some premature climax here. Let’s see what Cam can do before we crown ourselves a force to be reckon with. I think last year showed how much bad QB play can make or break a season.

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