Because linebacker Thomas Davis was willing to give up some money, he got a chance to come back to the Carolina Panthers.
Because left guard Travelle Wharton wouldn't, he went on the market until being signed by Cincinnati.
The two long-time Panthers had different approaches to the Panthers' need for salary cap space, explaining their current job status.
Davis restructured his contract prior to the start of free agency, freeing up nearly 4 million worth of cap space. He did it primarily by giving up most of the money coming his way this year in exchange for a shot at coming back from an unprecedented injury history. Davis is rehabbing from his third torn ACL in his right knee, making his return to his old form far from certain.
As a result, his 8 million roster bonus went away, as did his 2.25 million salary he was scheduled to make this year. In their place are larger salaries in the latter years of his deal, and a 700,000 base this year.
Davis has progressed well in his rehab...