Panthers cut Chris Gamble

AP

Just about every list of potential veterans who could be released this offseason included Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble and that conventional wisdom has been rewarded.

The Panthers announced that they have released Gamble on Friday, a day before they’re free to start negotiating with free agents from other teams. Gamble was set to make $7.9 million in salary in 2013 while counting $10.95 million against the cap, numbers that couldn’t be on the books for the Panthers to reach the cap stability that new General Manager Dave Gettleman hopes to put in place.

Gamble only played four games last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He’s been a good enough corner when healthy to generate some interest in free agency, although he’s not likely to land a contract anywhere close to the one he had in Carolina. He also won’t get to enjoy any time on the free agent market by himself, something the other veterans cut around the league have had in the last few weeks.

Carolina’s going to have to use some of the money they’ve recouped to find help on the corners with Gamble gone. They needed help when Gamble was healthy, too, so things have only gotten more acute on the corner for the Panthers.

26 responses to “Panthers cut Chris Gamble

  1. Teams are going to start playing hardball with players. They will send the general message that most players are replaceable. Only QBs are going to command top dollar in the future.

  2. I smell ” collusion” between the owners and the NFL!!

    Cutting many “vets” in order to increase their bottom line!!

  3. With his injuries, anyone that is willing to sign him will be taking a Gamble. I’ll just show myself out

  4. benroethlisberger7 says:
    Mar 8, 2013 12:08 PM
    Teams are going to start playing hardball with players. They will send the general message that most players are replaceable. Only QBs are going to command top dollar in the future.

    Incorrect, but on the right track. If you have a qb worth top dollar, then you have a need for a top dollar tackle for his blind side. Perhaps even two.

  5. Incorrect, but on the right track. If you have a qb worth top dollar, then you have a need for a top dollar tackle for his blind side. Perhaps even two.
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    Roethlisberger and Rodgers didn’t have all-pro tackles when they earned their rings. Heck, even Fat boy McKinnie was starting LT for a SB run. You don’t need a top LT, it would definitely be nice, but it’s not required. How many SBs has Joe Thomas won?

  6. If the Lions drop the ball on this DB market then they deserve to be in last place. Mr. Stafford, you can whip the ball all around the field all you want, but without a D you are screwed. I understand you want a fair deal, but how far apart are these negotiations? And really…what other team has a Calvin Johnson to throw to?

  7. As a Packers fan, I’m still upset about Mike Sherman passing on Gamble and drafting the 5’8″ Ahmad Carroll instead.

  8. I can see him is SF, very easily. He would look like a much better play here, much like Carlos Rogers after leaving the Skins.

    The CB market is too deep – trading for Revis would be stupid.

  9. I love me some Gamble, so 6 years ago I bought his jersey.

    The first Sunday I wore his jersey just happened to be the last time as well.

    That was the last time a John Fox team ever tried a fake punt return, which saw Gamble attempt to throw the returned punt backwards to a teammate on the other side of the field.

    That didn’t work too well.

  10. jmac34 says:
    Mar 8, 2013 12:32 PM
    With his injuries, anyone that is willing to sign him will be taking a Gamble. I’ll just show myself out”

    LOL! I just got the joke. His last name is Gamble and how he has had recent injuries, if you were to sign him it definitely will be taking a gamble. It’s a nice play on words.

  11. The CB market is too deep – trading for Revis would be stupid.

    exactly, why pay 14 million a year for a CB, thats crazy, if u have a good front 7 that puts pressure on the QB, any mediocre cheap CB can make plays in the secondary if yr D makes the QB make mistakes, Revis is good, but no CB is 14 mill a year good, im lookin at u loud mouth richard sherman in seahawks land

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