With all the work the Carolina Panthers need to do this offseason, one of their biggest decisions should come soon.
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said he’s had two conversations with veteran left tackle Jordan Gross about whether he’s coming back next year, and will meet with him again shortly after the Scouting Combine.
The 33-year-old tackle played well last season, but his contract voided after restructuring last year, and he’s debating whether he wants to play again. He’s already said if he plays again, he wants to play for the Panthers only. Now, Gettleman’s waiting for Gross to return from a family vacation to Idaho.
“He’s mulling it over,” Gettleman said of Gross. It’s a huge decision, … when you’re talking about laying it down.”
Asked specifically if the Panthers would have room for him if he decided to return, Gettleman began his answer by saying “You know we’re cap challenged.”
The Panthers need to find at least one upgrade at tackle out of this draft, even if Gross returns. If Gross decides to retire, the Panthers will have two potentially huge holes on their lines, since defensive end Greg Hardy’s heading toward free agency as well, and the Panthers don’t seem optimistic about their ability to keep him.