Veteran left tackle Jordan Gross has taken one for the team.
The former first round pick entering his 11th season took a pay cut this offseason to help Carolina with its salary cap situation.
According to an Associated Press report, Gross' base salary of $8.7 million for 2013 will be cut to $1 million, and his $6.7 million base salary in 2014 will be cut to $1 million.
Though his base salary goes to $1 million for 2013, Gross will still receive a salary of $5.5 million, according to former player agent Joel Corry. Gross is the second-longest tenured Panther in the locker room and holds the franchise record for most career starts with the team (151).
The Panthers were between $1 to $2 million under the cap before Gross took his cut. The move takes Gross' cap figure for 2013 from $11.7 million to $4 million and gives the Panthers nearly $7 million more in cap room.
Ive given 10 years to the Panthers and the Panthers have given 10 years to me. And nobody wants this organization to win more than I do, Gross told the Observer earlier in March. Id love to be a part of the equation for success in 2013. This is just something that has to get worked out.
The deal now opens the door for the comfort of another free-agent signing or two and the room to sign their draft picks, of which they have five for April's draft.
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