Now that we're a little over a week into free agency it's time to start comparing the moves every team made to determine who's going to win the Super Bowl this year. There's no need to go through the grueling process of the draft, OTAs, training camp, pre-season games and regular season games. Nope, we have all the information we need now that all the free agents have been gobbled up.
Snark aside, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports handed out individual grades for every team based on what they've done so far in free agency, and what he had to say about the Panthers may surprise you. His comments are below.
They have done very little while losing what some say is a lot. They lost both starting receivers in Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell and starting corner Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Mitchell. Ted Ginn also left. But Smith is aging -- he had just four 20-plus catches last season -- and LaFell is just a guy. Munnerlyn is solid, but not special. Mitchell was on a one-year deal. The only signing of note was former Saints safety Roman Harper. He's a box safety who struggles in coverage. They did tag and sign defensive end Greg Hardy, which was their best move. Grade: C+ (Hardy brings it up)
-Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
I know what you're thinking. HOW DID HE NOT GIVE DAVE GETTLEMAN AN F-!!! HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING EXCEPT GET RID OF STEVE SMITH!
Actually, when you stop and think about it, a C+ grade is totally fair at this point. While we've complained that he hasn't solved the "where have all our recievers gone" problem, at least we're not complaining that he signed a marginal free agent to a 5 year, $100 millon contract that everyone will regret in 2015.
Despite the fact that his previous days playing for the Saints leaves a bad taste in many Panthers fans' mouths, Roman Harper is exactly the type of free agent the Panthers need: he's affordable, still has some quality play left in him and is willing to sign a short-term deal that doesn't break the team's already fragile salary cap. We can expect to sign a few other guys just like that in the coming weeks, but for now based on the information we have available a C+ grade for Gettleman is completely fair.
Of course, you may vehemently disagree with this, and that's totally fine. This is 'Murica, after all.
What do you think of the C+ grade? Should it be higher or lower, or is it just right? Feel free to sound off with your thoughts in the comments!