The Carolina Panthers continue to stay busy in the doldrums of the NFL offseason. Earlier today it was announced the team had signed Head Coach Ron Rivera to a three year extension. The team has followed up that tidbit with a three year extension for Cam Newton’s blind side protector, Michael Oher.
Oher signed a two year deal last season. The team extended that contract with a three year deal that gives $21.6 million in new money and $9.5 million in guarantees. That’s an average of $7.2 million a year for a starting NFL left tackle.
Continuity is king for an offensive line. Nailing down the left tackle position for the next three years with a team friendly deal that dovetails nicely with the two year, $16.5 million deal the team signed OC Ryan Kalil to almost two weeks ago is further demonstration of a front office in a zone. GM Gettleman is spreading the coin around in a judicious manner and at this juncture is not locking himself up with long term contracts.
Michel Oher isn’t a top ten LT and Carolina didn’t pay him like one. He needs help with elite edge rushers and the team gets it for him. This is a perfect example of a front office and coaching staff being in sync and producing a winning product on the field.
For the Panthers faithful it all starts at the top with Gettleman and Rivera. For Cam Newton it starts on his blind side and for the next few years at least that shouldn’t be a problem.
What say you Sports Nation?
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