This offseason has seemingly been a game of one-upping signings between playoff teams in desperate search of pushing themselves over the proverbial hump. In Charlotte, though, the biggest free-agency signing was the one-year resigning of cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

But how did the Panthers get to a place where their biggest offseason moves have been cutting James Anderson and Chris Gamble? How did a team that went just 7-9 a year ago end up $16 million above the cap?

Marty Hurney.

The general manager who the Panthers let go six games in, but whom they signed to an extension after going 2-14 in 2010, has left the franchise mired in miserable contracts that will take a couple years for new general manager David Gettleman to mitigate and expunge. Perhaps no general manager in the league was a more egregious example of recklessly throwing out money to retain potential free agents than Hurney, all the while working for an owner that was screaming of the financial iniquities of the previous collective bargaining agreement.

There was the five-year, $36.5 million deal for Thomas Davis, who gruesomely tore his ACL the season prior. Then there was the five-year, $50-million deal for John Beason, which was followed by a six-year, $72 million deal for Charles Johnson, a player with just 20 sacks in the four seasons leading up to the deal. Even more maddening for Panthers fans was the Johnson deal came only a year after letting Julius Peppers — one of the league’s most dominant defensive players at the time — go because they wouldn’t pony up financially.

Nothing was logical about that offseason, though. Nothing screamed rebuild around the existing talent that 2-14 season, but then again little Hurney did was logical. This is the same general manager who gave Jake Delhomme a contract extension after a six-interception performance in an NFC Championship game. Now, he’s left the Panthers with more deals in need of restructuring than any other team in the league.

And that’s not even mentioning the train wreck in the backfield, where Jonathan Stewart signed a five-year, $36.5 million deal a year ago, and DeAngelo Williams was signed to a six-year, $43 million deal. Keep in mind Stewart and Williams have combined for three 1,000-plus yard seasons in 12 seasons in a league in which 16 running backs ran for more than 1,000 a season ago.

For those keeping track, that's $237 million in long-term deals tied up in five players that have a combined zero Pro Bowls since those deals were signed.