What next for Panthers QB Will Grier after latest snub vs. Lions?

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What next for Will Grier?

It’s hard to look at Will Grier’s situation with any promise at this juncture. The Carolina Panthers haven’t exactly shown much faith in him having preferred P.J. Walker as the primary backup for the most part, but this might be the final nail in his coffin in terms of making a starting position his own down the line.

It remains to be seen whether Carolina could get anything back for Grier in the trade market. Someone might decide to gamble a late-round selection on the signal-caller based on his college production. However, the Panthers won’t get anything like the No. 100 overall pick they allocated on the former West Virginia standout in the first place.

There is also the prospect of Carolina cutting their losses completely with Grier, who still has two years and $1.87 million left on his deal after this season. Releasing the quarterback would cost $411,090 in dead cap money, which is a saving of around $600,000.

Not exactly breaking the bank when one considers what the Panthers have shelled out in dead cap in 2020.

In truth, Rhule and his coaching staff have already made up their mind about Grier. They look committed to Teddy Bridgewater for at least the 2021 season and Walker showed enough on debut to all-but secure the backup role moving forward.

There was always going to be one odd man out in this triangle. Unfortunately for Grier, it happens to be him.