Cam Cameron

Panthers Could Let Hardy Walk

In a year’s time, Panthers second-year GM Dave Gettleman has taken the team from $16MM over the salary cap to approximately $16MM under the cap. Ostensibly, that’s enough to bring free agent defensive end Greg Hardy back into the fold, be it on a long-term deal or one-year franchise tender, but it’s not that simple, according to the Charlotte Observer’s Joseph Person.

Hardy’s bookend, veteran sack artist Charles Johnson, carries a team-high $16.24MM cap hit in 2014. So while retaining a budding pass rusher seems like an obvious move, sacrificing Hardy to maintain financial flexibility is a realistic scenario. Person also floats the idea of a “tag-and-trade” scenario, which would garner better compensation than the Panthers would receive if they just let Hardy sign elsewhere.

Also factoring in the decision is the uncertainty of left tackle Jordan Gross‘ future, looming big-money extensions for young stars Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly and other current free-agent priorities, including cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. Person points out that Gettleman got creative last year by cutting veterans and restructuring others. If he goes that route again, safety Charles Godfrey, recovering from an Achilles injury, could be on the chopping block. Releasing Godfrey before June 1 would recoup $2.1MM in cap space, or $5.1MM post June 1.

AFC Coaching Notes: Browns, Jets

4:25pm: Cameron will reportedly stay at LSU, tweets Ian Rapoport of

2:34pm: The Browns are considering LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and former Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains for the same position in Cleveland, tweets Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cameron has a decade of coordinating experience in the NFL, with both the Chargers and the Ravens. His last two NFL stops have ended unceremoniously — he led the Dolphins to a 1-15 record in his lone season at the helm, and was fired mid-season in 2012 by the Ravens, who then went on to win the Super Bowl.

Loggains was the Titans play-caller for the past two seasons, during both of which Tennessee finished in the bottom third of the league in yards per game. However, the offense did improve from 29th to 16th in DVOA from 2012 to 2013. Cabot also tweets that Loggains could be the Browns quarterbacks coach, as previously reported by NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

  • LSU special teams coach Thomas McGaughey is the favorite to become the Jets special teams coach, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.  McGaughey has been with LSU for three seasons, after previously serving as an assistant special teams coordinator with the Giants. He would fill the void left by Ben Kotwica, who left to become the special teams coach of the Redskins.