CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two days after the Panthers' season-ending 23-10 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, general manager Dave Gettleman was essentially asked if he ever looks at the cap-strapped situation he inherited and wonders what in the world was going on in Carolina before his arrival under the old regime.
The question, in itself, certainly wasn't out of left field, considering the Panthers' running back duo Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams have long held two of the more outlandish contracts in the NFL and Gettleman is now running a team $16 million over the cap.
Gettleman was classy in his response, speaking about the staples he inherited that the previous regime under Marty Hurney had drafted. But after talking before that question about how the Panthers were still in a precarious cap situation and would be for the next two years, you couldn't help but wonder if he really believed that.
His answer was essentially to spread the pain. He restructured Stewart, Williams...