4 Carolina Panthers players who are living on borrowed time

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) Juston Burris
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Juston Burris arrived in free agency on a two-year, $8 million deal from the Cleveland Browns this offseason and although there have been some nice moments, there appears some doubt as to whether he can be relied upon by the Carolina Panthers moving forward.

There could be a significant overhaul at the safety position in Carolina during the offseason. Both Burris and Tre Boston have shown real fragility at times and it might be time for younger, more athletic players to step in and make their presence felt.

Whether that means Jeremy Chinn going from the second level to the backend remains to be seen. This is a position the former Southern Illinois standout occupied in college and even though he would be missed closer to the line of scrimmage, his football IQ should ensure he is equally as effective.

The Panthers would save around $3 million in salary-cap space next season if they released Burris, who has a lowly grade of 50.9 from Pro Football Focus from his efforts in 2020.

He was a nice short-term option during this difficult period of transition. But it doesn’t appear likely he’ll be around much longer after failing to make the most out of a prominent starting opportunity in a different environment.