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Panthers should know future of Jordan Gross soon

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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.

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8 Responses to “Panthers should know future of Jordan Gross soon”
  1. shaggytoodle says: Feb 20, 2014 3:56 PM

    Easily the best OL taken that in the 03 draft.

    I think he is underrated, because he does play on the OL and he is possibly one of the best 5 players in that class easily top 10.

  2. gadgetdawg says: Feb 20, 2014 4:14 PM

    I hope he comes back. He is a great veteran presence that the Panthers could use this upcoming season.

  3. chingustight says: Feb 20, 2014 4:23 PM

    he’s already got one foot out the door

  4. qdog112 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:43 PM

    “…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.”
    *****************
    As a Panthers fan, if you don’t even take the time to call Hardy and the others, you don’t deserve the chance to hold on to them. What kind of message is sent when the GM doesn’t pick up the phone?

  5. jgedgar70 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:02 PM

    I hope Gross comes back, but to play right tackle. I know a few blue-haired senior citizens who can play tackle better than Byron Bell.

    As for the other free agents, Gettleman obviously has a plan that he’s keeping to himself. I hope he’s talking to the agents of both the tailbacks and Charles Johnson about getting their deals restructured so we can get some cap room.

  6. pantherfan40 says: Feb 21, 2014 8:30 AM

    we would be dumb not to bring gross back him and kalil are our whole oline

  7. wfederal says: Feb 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    PLEASE COME BACK! Could you imagine having Byron Bell as our best tackle?! Cam would seriously die

  8. diehardcatz says: Feb 24, 2014 7:19 PM

    Gross is done. He’s not that good anymore. It’s time to draft or sign free agent tackles and save money in the process. Bringing Gross back means a huge cap hit. He demands like $12 million/yr. And he is definitely not worth that.

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