I hadn't heard anything about this roster bonus before, only that Clausen's 2012 salary was reported to be $861,000, and only a $371,000 cap hit to cut him, a salary cap savings of $490,000 (these numbers were first posted on CSR by Rick Bates, and he found them at Carolina Huddle). So if this roster bonus is in addition to his salary, and not included in the previous numbers as it seems, then cutting Jimmy Clausen before March 27th would save the Panthers $1,513,000 in cap room.
I've have been writing that the Panthers should try to trade Clausen for a late round draft pick, but the news of this roster bonus may make him untradeable. Why should a team trade for Clausen, if all they have to do is wait a month and a half until he's cut, and can either claim him, or wait for him to clear waivers, and just sign him as a free agent.
Recent talk, and CSR post have the Panthers wanting to find a backup QB who is sort of a Cam Newton clone, like free agent QB's Dennis Dixon (he was at Oregon with J-Stew), or Josh Johnson. Some have also suggested drafting a QB like Oregon's Darron Thomas or ECU's Dominique Davis (who may be available as a UDFA).
What do you think?
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