The move gives the Panthers room to maneuver in the coming months in case Gettleman finds a free agent acquisition that could help the team. But the Panthers general manager won’t continue the trend of his predecessor, Marty Hurney, of freely spending money with little regard for the future costs.
Any money tossed around in free agency—or on players currently on Carolina’s roster—going forward will be intelligently spent and with the future salary cap in mind. The Panthers are still in dire straits in regard to the current salary cap nightmare. But Williams’ new contract helps a bunch.
The real savings for the Panthers come in 2014 and 2015.