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Panthers have an easy out in the Davis deal

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With Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis suffering his third torn ACL in three years, plenty of Panthers fans are wondering why the team signed him to a long-term deal in July.

Here’s one reason:  The Panthers protected themselves against this specific outcome.

A league source has forwarded to PFT the contract info, which reveals that Davis received a signing bonus of $7 million and a base salary of $1 million in 2011.   An $8 million option bonus is due on the third day of the 2012 league year, which the Panthers can avoid by cutting Davis.

If they cut Davis, the Panthers will avoid a $2.25 million salary in 2012, a $250,000 workout bonus in 2012, a $4.25 million salary in 2013, a $250,000 workout bonus in 2013,  a $5.75 million salary in 2014, a $250,000 workout bonus in 2014, a $7.25 million salary in 2015, and a $250,000 workout bonus in 2015.

That’s $28.5 million in salary and bonuses that easily can be avoided, with what would have been a five-year, $36.5 million contract becoming a one-year, $8 million deal.

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22 Responses to “Panthers have an easy out in the Davis deal”
  1. mataug says: Sep 19, 2011 4:51 PM

    well wouldn’t $5.6 million still count against the salary cap in 2012 (4/5 of 7 million which would have been spread over 2011-2015) ?

  2. bobbinski1229 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:54 PM

    Yea paying a dude 8 Million dollars for 2 games of action, is definately an easy way out of the deal…

  3. dawkinseffect says: Sep 19, 2011 4:54 PM

    looks like he is out then. Some people’s bodys can’t handle the NFL. Good player but just sad to see him get hurt like this over and over again

  4. carson9 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:57 PM

    The bigger question is why would Carolina extend him coming off of two consecutive ACL Tears?

  5. pilot2011 says: Sep 19, 2011 4:58 PM

    Davis will come back again. He is a leader on and off the field, and just happens to be best friends with Jon Beason, and I have a feeling Beast has a say what goes on in that organization.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis come back and play for league minimum just to continue his career with the Panthers, he truly loves the team and is a heck of a player when healthy.

    Did anyone see his sack on Rodgers when he ran sideline to sideline to get that sack? That was pretty impressive for a guy coming off 2 acl surgeries…He’ll be back.

  6. beastson says: Sep 19, 2011 5:01 PM

    Panthers are loyal to their draft picks who do perform. The ones not named Julius stay with the team because they take care of them. Some things are more important than that mighty dollar.

  7. blackcatsluck says: Sep 19, 2011 5:09 PM

    @ mataug

    Yes that 5.6 or whatever will count against the cap. It would be approximatley half the cap hit that they would take if they keep him.

  8. jakek2 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:11 PM

    So much for all of Goodell’s dumb rules to prevent injuries. About half the league was ko-ed this weekend.

  9. philyeagles5 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:16 PM

    beastson says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:01 PM
    Panthers are loyal to their draft picks who do perform. The ones not named Julius stay with the team because they take care of them. Some things are more important than that mighty dollar.
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    yeah its called winning, something else the Panthers are not familiar with.

  10. rajbais says: Sep 19, 2011 5:17 PM

    Wow!!! That’s the most detailed Mike has ever revealed a contract!!!

  11. pilot2011 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:25 PM

    awww philly fans don’t know what it feels like to actually draft their players and grow up with a team… get outa here dude, ur fans have ruined yalls franchise. I seriously can’t take u guys seriously.

  12. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 19, 2011 5:28 PM

    Empty trophy case? lolz

  13. pilot2011 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:33 PM

    You’re on here a bunch dude, I have a feeling your trophy case is empty too.

  14. minhw0714 says: Sep 19, 2011 5:47 PM

    Bill Polian take note on how to structure a contract to protect against injury

  15. mike83ri says: Sep 19, 2011 5:51 PM

    So if they cut him now, they got 2 games out of him for $8million, and then have about 5% of their salary cap gone next year with no player to show for it.

    Sounds like a steal.

  16. beastson says: Sep 19, 2011 6:26 PM

    philyeagles5 says:
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    yeah its called winning, something else the Panthers are not familiar with.

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    Philly fan talking about winning? Hilarious. Panthers and Philly have the same number of SB appearances since Caroina came into the league (not to mention they did it by destroying Philly on their own turf)

  17. catquick says: Sep 19, 2011 6:55 PM

    I wonder if the money is insured by a separate company like college players get?

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 19, 2011 8:00 PM

    Does he technically even HAVE an ACL anymore….?

  19. peester15 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:02 PM

    Tough to see a class-act like Thomas Davis go down…again. The man is strong in faith and a true family guy. Wish him well.

  20. panther17 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:05 PM

    Easy out? I’d rather have a healthy TD back on the field. Depressing.

    He’s one of the good guys, giving back to communities. Doesn’t deserve this.

  21. souldogdave says: Sep 19, 2011 9:24 PM

    Dump him a.s.a.p.

  22. 1captain1 says: Sep 19, 2011 9:41 PM

    Do like Peyton and rub some European aborted baby fetuses on that thing!

    It’ll clear up in a week!

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