The Carolina Panthers possess the second-most cap space of all NFL teams heading into the 2022 season.
Over 25 million is left on the table for the black and blue to use for this season or the upcoming 2023 free agency class if desired.
A big portion of this salary on the table was the push for DeShaun Watson. Carolina cleared a lot in hopes of acquiring the former Clemson Tiger, but neither side came to agreement. As a result, the Panthers came away with no Watson, some would say thankfully, and a ton of money to spend.
But the most pressing need was addressed in the offensive line that ranked near or at the bottom in efficiency by multiple sports outlets. Two big moves came from signing Austin Corbett, for the Los Angeles Rams, and Bradley Bozeman, from Baltimore.
For three years and $26.25 million, Corbett figures to be an integral part of an offensive line that features Ikem Ekwonu. Bozeman inked a one-year deal for $2.8 million, but both are good deals, possibly bargains, for Carolina.
The Panthers obviously made the right call when it promoted Samir Suleiman in January 2022 to vice president of football administration. This role gave Suleiman more control of budgeting and financial function of football operations. This seems to be paying off.
Now, Carolina heads into the 2022 season with a ton of cap room and a lot of hypothetical things to watch for in what can be considered a make-or-break season for personnel.
It was alluded earlier what Panthers players and personnel were on the hot seat for 2022. These are people to watch, the free agent class in ’23, potential trades and future draft picks will eat into this salary. As the season progresses, it may become clearer what direction Carolina is headed and what it further must address.