According to numbers obtained by ESPN.com, Gross’ contract, which had been set to expire after the 2014 season, now runs through 2017. Gross was given a $4.5 million signing bonus to make up for a cut from $8.7 million to $1 million in base salary this year.
The restructuring drops Gross’ salary-cap figure for this year from $11.7 million to $4.9 million.
The new deal also drops Gross’ 2014 cap figure from $10.7 million to $5.9 million.
In each year from 2014 through 2017, Gross will earn $1 million in base salary and he’s scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus in 2014. His cap figure is $1.9 million for each of the final three years of the deal.
Gross always has been known as a team player. This deal only enhances that reputation as Gross is helping the Panthers get out of cap trouble now and in the future.