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The list of free agent and recently released defensive backs has gotten quite extensive in the last few weeks leading up to free agency. By March 12th teams looking for help in the secondary will have plenty of choices within this year’s free agent class. Today Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble was released after playing all 9 of his seasons with the team. Coming off a torn labrum injury, Gamble was set to make up to $10.9 million with a guaranteed $7.9 million salary for 2013. With his release the Panthers were able to get themselves under the salary cap with this move.
Gamble joins a list that includes veteran names such as Brent Grimes, Dashon Goldson, Grover Quin, Kenny Phillips, Charles Woodson, Chris Houston, and Sean Smith. Also joining the list today are Jacksonville cornerback Aaron Ross and long time Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson. Wilson’s 12 year career–all with the Cardinals–include 5 Pro Bowls, 14 forced fumbles (8 recoveries), 27 interceptions, and 25.5 sacks.
Teams like the Dolphins, 49ers, and Lions could all use ample help in the secondary and should have plenty of available options when free agency begins, and that time is rapidly approaching. Teams can start negotiating with players tomorrow, but no official signings can be made until the 12th.
A list with this many quality veterans on it speaks to the value teams place on young players coming out the draft. Veterans can be pricey, but draftees now have a rookie cap which keeps their costs down for a few years after they enter the league. Still, expect to see a good number of these free agents to be signed fairly quickly. Charles Woodson has produced steady production for years. Dashon Goldson was a really nice players for San Francisco before being released , and Sean Smith has yet to live up to his ultimate potential, but he has shown flashes that lead me to believe his ceiling is still incredibly high at this point.
This year’s free agency period is set to be a fast and furious one with lots of productive players on the market. A lot of moves are going to happen fairly quickly so be sure to check back to keep updated.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers released starting cornerback Chris Gamble on Friday in a move that will get them under this year's NFL salary cap.
By releasing Gamble the Panthers will save 7.9 million under this year's salary cap.
The former first-round pick who has played his entire career with the Panthers immediately becomes a free agent.
The Panthers selected Gamble...
According to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, the Carolina Panthers have released cornerback Chris Gamble.
Panthers cut cornerback Chris Gamble
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 8, 2013
Gamble is still a viable number two corner, but had a cap number that was over $10 million for this coming season. This move should get the Panthers under the cap.
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The Panthers have released starting cornerback Chris Gamble in a move that will get them under this year's NFL salary cap.
By releasing Gamble the Panthers will save $7.9 million under this year's salary cap. He becomes a free agent.
The Panthers selected Gamble with the 28th overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Ohio State.
Gamble has played in 123 career regular season...
The Carolina Panthers have announced the release of CB Chris Gamble.
This move will finally get them $3.7 million under salary cap.
Gamble, 29, signed a six-year deal worth $53.5 million back in 2009. He had a base salary of $7.9 million and the move frees up just as much in cap space, according to Brian McIntyre.
He joins a fairly crowded cornerback market, which means there’s...
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had one of the worst secondaries in the league last season, giving up 4,951 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.Their passing defense was a stark contrast to their top ranked rushing defense and was blamed for Tampa Bay losing many close games in 2012.While there are some talented cornerbacks and safeties getting ready to enter the league soon through the Draft...
Two new prospective cornerbacks have reportedly surfaced on the Patriots’ radar.
The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports that the team has shown interest in Chris Gamble and Derek Cox. Gamble was released yesterday after nine seasons in Carolina and Cox, who has spent his four-year career with Jacksonville, is expected to hit the open market when free agency begins this week.
Over the next couple of days, expect a lot of reports that the Patriots are "interested" or "in talks" about several free-agents. Of course, that doesn't mean they are necessarily close to signing any of them. Legal tampering begins at midnight, which essentially means free-agency starts as teams can start talking to agents.
The latest rumor involving the...
The Carolina Panthers cut cornerback Chris Gamble, freeing up $7.9 million in cap space. The 30 year old Gamble leads the Panthers in interceptions and games started at the cornerback position. Gamble missed the vast majority of last year with a torn labrum, but when he was playing, ESPN Insider has him ranked as an 80 - meaning he was on the low end of the spectrum of "outstanding...