Sounds like Jordan Gross can be his own one-man stimulus package -- spreading his wealth all over Charlotte -- if he cares to now that he has signed this monster deal with the Panthers.
Are the Panthers overpaying for Gross? Absolutely. But in the fantasy world of the NFL -- where teams lay off regular employees making $40K a year but still spend every million they possibly can on the on-field product -- somebody was going to overpay the guy.
It might as well be Carolina.
So the Panthers' love-hate triangle -- with Carolina, Gross and Julius Peppers at the points -- has worked out about the way most folks assumed it would. Carolina keeps Gross and has plopped a franchise tag on Peppers. Now the Panthers will strive to ultimately trade Julius in the next two months in Part 2 of this scenario. (Maybe to one of his 4 preferred teams, but I have an idea that list is more etched in oatmeal then set in stone).
BTW, I will be on a live chat on CharlotteObserver.com from noon to 1 p.m. FRIDAY to talk about Gross, Peppers and whatever else is on your mind. Please click on by if you have a minute.