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Monday, February 12, 2007

As cuts come through, Morgan decision coming soon

The New York Giants cut three players Monday, a sign that the cap cut season is almost underway. LBs Lavar Arrington and Carlos Emmons, and OT Luke Pettitgout are out, and chances are more cuts will come all across the league.

With that in mind, it's time to anticipate a decision soon on a few Panthers, namely Dan Morgan. On March 2, the league season for 2007 officially starts, and by March 12, Morgan will be due a $2 million roster bonus (and another $500,000 in bonuses over the offseason). Morgan has stated he's not retiring, and wants to play despite numerous concussions. The last numbers from Charlotte.com have the team taking a net hit of $850,000 this year, meaning the team would save more by keeping him, despite reservations about his health.

The team did set up cap-friendly deals with former practice squad players QB Brett Basanez and FB Steven Jackson, when brought up to the active roster, giving them unlikely-to-be-earned incentives that hadn't been earned; for the cost of a few games' prorated salary in place of injured veterans, the pair will have given the Panthers a $3.2 million credit toward the 2007 season in a loophole that may very well be closed this offseason.
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