Carolina Panthers training camp: 4 questions facing the offensive line

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Carolina Panthers Question No. 4: How can Matt Paradis bounce back?

Much was expected of center Matt Paradis when he signed a big-money contract to join the Carolina Panthers. But it is fair to say he has failed to meet expectations so far.

The veteran is heading into a pivotal 2020 campaign that will ultimately determine his overall future with the franchise. Paradis was lackluster at best last time out. And a significant turnaround in fortunes will be needed from the player next season.

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There are plenty of ways Paradis can make his presence felt. His relationship with Teddy Bridgewater is going to be crucial for a talented offense in Carolina. So what sort of chemistry they can develop in a short space of time during training camp will stand them in good stead.

Paradis is experienced enough to be a strong communicator on the line of scrimmage. This will be a critical part of his overall influence given the changes made across the offensive line this offseason. And if he can lead from the front, it will be another welcome boost for the organization.

There is plenty riding on this season for Paradis, who has seen his base salary skyrocket to $5.5 million in the second year of his deal that was worth a little more than $29 million. This will rise further to just over $7 million in 2021. But the player will need to show he is worthy of such a financial commitment going forward.

Cutting Paradis next spring would save the Panthers around $13.14 million, according to Spotrac. This might be too tempting to refuse no matter what sort of level Paradis plays at in 2020.

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