Panthers: How would salaries on offense look with 35% escrow?

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Taylor Moton, Carolina Panthers
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Scouting Report. player. TAYLORMOTON. 10. 87. Pick Analysis. OT. CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina Panthers Player No. 10: Taylor Moton (OT) – $1.032 million base – $670,800 after reduction

Taylor Moton could elevate himself to elite tackle status in 2020. The player might already be there. And if he can take another leap forward next season then it will undoubtedly come with a substantial pay rise either with the Carolina Panthers or elsewhere.

Moton is heading into the final year of his deal and will make $1.032 million in base salary. This would drop to $670,800 with this escrow. Either way one looks at it, this sort of money is a bargain in 2020 for what the tackle has the potential to give the franchise on the field.

All this will probably change next spring, with Moton projected to command an annual salary of $14 million per season, according to Spotrac.

OL. CAROLINA PANTHERS. 11. Pick Analysis. MICHAELSCHOFIELD. player. 87. Scouting Report

Carolina Panthers Player No. 11: Michael Schofield (OL) – $1 million base – $650,000 after reduction

Michael Schofield was in danger of falling into the NFL abyss before the Carolina Panthers brought him in with a view to solidifying their offensive line. How he gets on during the season might not only determine his aspirations with the organization going forward. But it could also have significant ramifications on his career.

Schofield will make $650,000 if the reduction escrow is approved by the NFLPA. The player has earned around $10.32 million during his career so far. But it remains to be seen just how long he has left in the game.

CAROLINA PANTHERS. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. player. 87. RB. CHRISTIANMCCAFFREY. 12

Carolina Panthers Player No. 12: Christian McCaffrey (RB) – $825,000 base – $536,250 after reduction

All-Pro Christian McCaffrey might have signed a four-year, $64 million extension this offseason. But the player will not see the real benefits of this deal until 2021.

The former first-round pick will make just $825,000 in base salary next season, which would have been the last of his rookie deal prior to the extension. McCaffrey is the best dual-threat running back in the NFL. So to say the Carolina Panthers are getting value for money here would be something of an understatement.

This salary would be reduced to $536,250 with the escrow. But money is the last thing on the player’s mind after putting pen to paper on a contract that makes him the highest-paid back in NFL history.