Charlotte, NC- There is some decisions that the Panthers and tight end Wesley Walls will have to make in the future, so this could be the last time the Panther fans will see Walls in a Panthers uniform at home.
Walls isn't saying one way or the other about his playing career beyond this season, but is preparing himself as if could be his last home game.
"This one may have a little more meaning to it because realistically, healthy or not healthy, it could be my last home game," Walls said. "I'm going to enjoy every minute of it Sunday and I'm going to do my best to get healthy enough to play. That's the main thing I'm concerned about. The other stuff's going to take care of itself."
Walls could decide to after the season, but it's very possible if he wants to play more he won't return to the Panthers next season.
"It's pretty obvious to me, the situation, so it's not something I'm worried about. It's a reality that it probably could be my last home game. That's why I want to play in it, so I'm going to do my best to get ready for it. That's about all I've got to say about it. I've been real good this year at keeping my two cents to myself. I'm going to keep them there until this thing's over with," said Walls.
Walls has two more years on his contract, and he could end up as a salary-cap casualty. Walls is scheduled to have a $3.996 million cap figure in 2003 and to receive a $1 million roster bonus in March. The Panthers would take a $1.15 million cap hit if they release Walls, but that would free up $2.8 million in cap space.
Walls took a $1 million cut in pay this year to remain with the Panthers, and only has 18 catches for 232 yards and four touchdowns this season. Walls said he'd be open to redoing the contract in the offseason but thinks that the Panthers probably wouldn't be willing to do so.
"When we did these contract extensions, or I've got to this situation, I always thought of myself as finishing as a Carolina Panther, finishing my career as a Carolina Panther," Walls said. "That's going to be determined. But I think it's already decided. But we're not going to know the real facts until the season's over."