The Carolina Panthers released defensive tackle Ron Edwards on Friday Dave Bolland jersey afternoon.The move frees up $2.4 million for a team that is working frantically to get under the salary cap before the start of the league year on March 12.Edwards was signed by the Panthers coming out of the 2011 lockout and was supposed to provide the team with a run-stuffer in the middle of the defensive line. But the signing never worked out because Edwards dealt with injuries throughout his Carolina tenure."We appreciate the contributions that Ron has made to the Panthers the past two seasons," coach Ron Rivera said. "He set a great example on and off the field for our young players, and we wish him well moving forward."Edwards missed the Nick Leddy Jersey entire 2011 season after suffering a triceps injury in training camp. Last season, Edwards started 11 games and had 16 tackles and one sack before an elbow injury cut his season short.Despite restructuring the contracts of center Ryan Kalil, safety Haruki Nakamura, tight end Greg Olsen and tailback Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers are still about $6.5 million over the projected NFL salary cap.The Panthers could clear an additional $7.9 million in salary cap if they release veteran cornerback Chris Gamble, who finished last season on injured reserve.Carolina wants to re-sign their other starting defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, who had seven sacks last season after coming over from Buffalo. The Panthers have said re-signing Niklas Hjalmarsson Jersey Dwan Edwards, who is an unrestricted free agent, is one of their top priorities.Mike Haynes being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders in 1983. Charles Haley's trade from San Francisco to Dallas in 1992. Deion Sanders signing with the 49ers in 1994 and then agreeing to terms with the Cowboys in 1995.What do all of these moves have in common? They were the rare types of personnel acquisitions that, although quite costly, were worth every penny because they turned those clubs from contenders into Super Bowl champions.Roster opportunities of that caliber don't come around very often, so when they do, it behooves the top teams to do all they can to close ED Belfour Jersey the deal.That should be the mindset of many organizations when it comes to acquiring the services of unrestricted free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace. This might seem like hyperbole because Wallace didn't even finish in the top 30 in the league in receptions or receiving yards last season, but the facts are that he has an extraordinarily rare skill-set level that can vault a passing offense into the statistical stratosphere.For proof, consider where Wallace was in early October 2011. At that time, there was a strong metric case to be made that he was every bit as good as, and possibly better than, Calvin Johnson.The franchise tag for quarterbacks in 2013 will be $14.896 Steve Larmer Jersey million.But the Baltimore Ravens no longer need worry about it because Joe Flacco agreed to a new deal with them on Friday.The NFL set the franchise tag at that figure earlier in the day. Then the Ravens prevented the Super Bowl MVP from reaching free agency beginning March 12, as a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter they reached a new deal with Flacco.Flacco played out his five-year rookie contract, making $6.76 million, and led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title. Terms of Flacco's new agreement were not immediately available.The Denver Broncos officially placed their franchise tag on offensive tackle Ryan Clady Friday, a league source told Schefter. Clady's salary Bobby Orr Jersey under the franchise tag for next season would be $9.828 million.Under the franchise tag in 2013, a player is paid according to a formula based on salaries for the past five years at the position and their percentage of the total salary cap.With the non-exclusive tag, his team has the right to match any offer sheet, or get two first-round draft picks in return for allowing him to leave.Both sides can continue to negotiate on a longer deal even after a franchise tag has been applied.An exclusive tag ties him to his current team at a higher, but as-yet-undetermined price, for one season.