Carolina Panthers: 5 potential casualties if salary cap reduced in 2021
Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: Robby Anderson (WR)
Robby Anderson was one of the more notable signings during free agency by the Carolina Panthers. The speedy wide receiver is set to further bolster an offense that appears loaded with playmakers in 2020. But he will need to prove his worth in order to avoid a possible release following the campaign.
Anderson has a previous relationship with head coach Matt Rhule from their time at Temple. So this should ensure the wideout hits the ground running despite a hugely disruptive offseason period.
However, if the player fails to live up to his promise, then his stay in Carolina could be a short one. Anderson is set to count $12 million against the Panthers’ salary cap next year. And this would equate to a saving of $8 million if he is moved on.
This would be a difficult decision to make, especially if Anderson lives up to his end of the bargain. Much will depend on the fortunes of fellow receiver Curtis Samuel, who is going into a contract year and is also looking for a big payday.
It is a steep decline from what was expected to be the cap in 2021. Sacrifices will need to be made by every NFL team. The Panthers are not exempt from this, and the likes of Anderson might fall victim to a shock cut if they don’t reach expectations next season.