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Panthers are ‘salary-cap challenged,’ GM Dave Gettleman says

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman referred to the Panthers being challenged by salary cap space five times in Tuesday’s 35-minute news conference he shared with head coach Ron Rivera.

Gettleman took over in 2013 with the Panthers nearly $16 million over the cap. According to the NFL Players Association site, the Panthers are $11.2 million under the cap now, but that will change once the new league year starts in February.

Despite lamenting the challenges of the salary cap multiple times Tuesday, Gettleman still had good things to say about his predecessor, Marty Hurney.

“I would never put myself in a position where I didn’t have all the facts. I don’t know all the facts. They made decisions based on the best information they had,” Gettleman said of Hurney, who was fired six games into the 2012 season. “Let me say this right here and right now. Marty Hurney has a lot to be proud of. He left us with a hell of a core. Hired this guy (Rivera). Drafted Cam (Newton). He’s got a lot to be proud of.

“And when I got the job, I felt it was the job of all the GM jobs. And you know what? I guessed right.”

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