The overall message: "You get in trouble if you overpay," Gettleman said, via CBSSports.com's Will Brinson.
Gettleman declined with a laugh to describe the Panthers' cap situation. (You know things are tight when the GM laughs at the mere mention of the salary cap.)
Gettleman stressed the draft and basically said don't expect any high-priced free agents.
"There's gold to be mined down there," Gettleman said. "You don't have to spend a ton of cash to get a good football player."
It's a tricky situation for Gettleman. He inherits a franchise with salary-cap problems and a coach he didn't select. There are also significant expectations with Cam Newton at quarterback and four consecutive victories to end the season, including winning 5-of-6.
Nobody said these jobs are easy.