The Panthers have put their stamp on their secondary for years to come, as today they gave corner Chris Gamble a six-year deal that will keep him in town through the 2014 season. Gamble could have been a free agent at seasons end, but said that in the end he wanted to be in Carolina all along.
“I wanted to be in Carolina. I didn’t want to be with any other team,” Gamble said. “I like the organization, the coaching staff, the fans, my teammates and I just wanted to get it out of the way.” Agent Carl Poston said that the deal that Gamble signed will make him one of the top five paid corners in the league, meaning it’s over $50 million.
He was the Panthers first round pick back in 2004, and has 19 picks, the second most in team history to date. The 25-year- old has two picks and a team leading 17 passes defensed so far this season. “Chris is an extremely talented player and is playing at a high level,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “He started his career with us and this extension is another step toward the possibility of his finishing his career as a Panther.”