4 Panthers players with the most to lose after the bye week

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Which Carolina Panthers players have the most to lose down the stretch?

Although the Carolina Panthers won’t be in the postseason conversation once again in 2020, there is still a lot riding on their remaining four games. Head coach Matt Rhule won’t want his roster to go out with a whimper and plenty of players are fighting for their respective futures with the organization.

This should at least endure the Carolina Panthers will be giving everything on the field. But their decision to put eight players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday now sees no fewer than 10 roster or practice squad members with this unwanted distinction.

Not exactly ideal for a team that has some notable depth concerns across the board.

It will be another big test of character for the Panthers, of that there is little doubt. How they come out of it might make all difference in their pursuit of attracting the right sort of quality to get them back in the playoff talk next time around.

Here are four Panthers players with the most to lose over their final four games of 2020.

Player No. 1

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Matt Paradis – Carolina Panthers C

  • Final year money

Matt Paradis has done well to recover from a dismal 2019 campaign that had many questioning the move to bring him in during free agency. But the center still has plenty to lose from a financial perspective unless he finishes the season strongly.

The former Boise State standout is heading into the final year of his deal in 2021 and will make a base salary of $7.03 million – which also includes a cap hit of $10.33 million. This is a lot of money whichever way one looks at it and the Panthers might decide the $4.7 million in cap saving might be put to better use elsewhere.

Paradis can alter their perception with a strong end to the campaign and there is nothing to suggest the lineman is not capable of this judging by his level of improvement this season.