Gettleman: Panthers could keep Williams, Stewart

Posted Feb. 21, 2013 @ 1:08 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

INDIANAPOLIS — New Panthers GM Dave Gettleman celebrated his 62nd birthday doing something he never did with the Giants, Bills or any other NFL team: speak — on the record, anyway — to the media.

“Never,” Gettleman said when asked how often he got the chance to stand on a podium in front of a crowded group of media.

But there they were, peppering him with questions about the Panthers’ unenviable salary-cap situation. The team currently sits more than $10 million over the salary cap with about four weeks to make cuts or alter salaries.

“We have to find a way to get to March 12,” he said, indicating the date that all NFL teams must be under the league-mandated cap. “We have to find a way to do that respectfully.”

One of the more intriguing situations lies at running back, where the team has the solid tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. The problem is salary – Gettleman was asked if the team could afford to keep both.

A month into the job, Gettleman appeared to be a seasoned pro by offering a fairly fork-tongued comment.

“Can we keep both of them? Decisions have to be made,” Gettleman said. “But I don’t see why not.”

The team already has reworked the deals of C Ryan Kalil and Stewart. Williams might have to be a casualty, along with CB Chris Gamble and DT Ron Edwards. Other candidates to restructure their deals include LB Jon Beason and OLT Jordan Gross.