Top 4 depth chart positions where the Panthers spend their money

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Which positions on the depth chart are the Carolina Panthers spending the most money on in 2020?

The Carolina Panthers have managed to work minor miracles this offseason. They were up against it from a salary cap perspective in no uncertain terms. But the front office has maneuvered well enough to give them a fighting chance of being competitive in 2020.

Parting ways with so many veteran players at once was never going to be an easy task. Few would argue that it was necessary for their pursuit of becoming a postseason contender once again. And the Carolina Panthers now have a strong foundation from which to build in the coming years.

Carolina has been working with one hand tie behind their back this offseason. This is down in no small part to their extortionate dead cap figure of $42.83 million, which is comfortably the NFL’s highest.

Players like Matt Kalil ($9.8 million), recently traded Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner ($9.58 million), and Eric Reid ($5 million) account for a large chunk of this. And the retirement of Luke Kuechly came with a big hit that has now been spread out over a two-year period.

This is a predicament that will ease considerably in 2021. But with a lack of revenue in the current climate set to drop the salary cap to as little as $175 million. Some more bold moves need to be made by the Panthers next spring to give them the best possible chance of success.

Here are the top-four positions on the Panthers who are getting paid the most in 2020.