Gross to Get Slapped with the Franchise Tag


It appears that another player in the league is going to get hammered with the franchise tag, as the Panthers Jordan Gross is going to get tagged according to Carolina Growl.  GM Marty Hurney didn’t say for 100 percent that Gross would get the tag, but did say on Wednesday “It’s a possibility. But I don’t want to say yes at this point. It’s something we haven’t decided.”  If the Panthers do put the tag on the offensive tackle, he would be slated to make $7.455 million this season, the average salary cap figure of the top five players at his position.

The Panthers and Gross have talked about a long-term deal, but so far, no conclusion has been reached.  They can keep talking, but Carolina must come to a decision by February 21st, or 8 days later he will hit the open market, where there is a need for a big-time tackle on many teams like him.  The site says that Gross is looking for a deal of about $7 mil per season, with more than $18 mil in guaranteed money.

One thing you can say about Gross, he’s been as durable as any player in the league over the past five seasons, as he has not missed a start.  He is known throughout the league as a solid run and pass blocker, and has lived up to his number one draft pick out of Utah.

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