Carolina Panthers camp: 4 offensive players on the roster bubble
Carolina Panthers Player No. 1: Mike Davis – RB
One of the players under serious threat of losing his place on the roster is Mike Davis. The running back has all the speed one looks for in a top player at the position. But he has found it difficult to put this to the best possible use on the field.
Davis is heading into the final year of his deal and will make a base salary of $2.95 million in 2020. Considering he is set to play a bit-part role at best going forward. This represents a pretty big financial outlay for someone that is not going to make that much of a contribution.
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The Carolina Panthers boast plenty of young and cheaper options that could fill backup roles behind All-Pro Christian McCaffrey. Reggie Bonnafon, Jordan Scarlett, and Trenton Cannon will make $2.1 million in base salary between them, which is $850,000 less than Davis will take home if he makes the team.
If Carolina opts to part ways with the former fifth-round pick. Then it won’t cost them a cent in dead cap money.
This temptation might be too much to ignore. And it will be up to the player to leave no doubt during training camp in his pursuit of a permanent place on the depth chart.
Davis gained his 27 yards from 13 carries on his way to a 56.9 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019. And it is clear that much more will be needed in the coming weeks to avoid being cut.