Carolina Panthers: 5 potential casualties if salary cap reduced in 2021

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Which members of the Carolina Panthers could become casualties of a reduced salary cap in 2021?

Just when it looked as if the Carolina Panthers might get a much-needed reprieve from their current salary cap predicament. The current climate has made things far less clear going forward.

Due to the substantial decrease in revenue expected in 2020. The NFL and NFLPA came to an arrangement that would drastically change the Carolina Panthers’ ability to become prominent players in the free-agent market next spring. Next year’s cap could be as low as $175 million, which has the potential to cause chaos across the league.

According to Over the Cap, the Panthers were due to have around $40 million at their disposal. This may have even increased to just over $90 million if they made the necessary cuts. But that will now unfortunately not be the case.

OTC projects Carolina to have just $9 million if the salary cap does drop to $175 million as expected. This represents a huge spanner in the works during their second offseason of rebuilding. And it would leave the front office with plenty of tough decisions regarding the future of current roster members.

The situation is not something any NFL team is familiar with. The salary cap has gone up almost $10 million every year for almost a decade. And there is just no telling what sort of damage this will do to organizations who didn’t factor this into their planning.

There will be plenty of prominent players who are sacrificed for the greater good. And here are five that might fall into this category with the Panthers.