Thomas Davis took a big-time paycut to make Carolina $3.8 million. It's a calculated risk, one with low upside. Thanks, Thomas, and good luck. This one somewhat erased some of the issues with the contract Marty Hurney put in front of him and he took, eagerly.
Travelle Wharton unfortunately gets cut - to the amazement of some Panther players, suggesting a deal was possibly in place to stay at one point - but is possibly for the best as Wharton gave up too much inside pressure. Including the (poorly made) move to let Geoff Schwartz walk, and Carolina leaves without their intended 2011 starters at guard.
They chose to keep Geoff Hangartner, a three year deal worth around $2 mil a year. Hangartner did play somewhat well last year at guard, and for that money he's a fringe starter or expensive depth.
To keep the run on linemen afloat, they brought in G/C Jason Brown. Brown, a UNC alum, was a third round pick with the Ravens followed by being the league's highest paid center in 2009 with the Rams. That last bit hurt him a good deal, proving unworthy of the money.
Baker, a 6'4, 320 lb lineman, is massive for a center. He struggled with the Rams to provide consistency. He did have a very good year under current Panthers OL coach John Matsko in their one year together, in 2008.