4 Carolina Panthers players who are living on borrowed time

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Marquis Haynes – Carolina Panthers DE

It’s not like Marquis Haynes has been playing at a poor level this season. But it’s hard to gauge just what sort of future he has with the Carolina Panthers at this juncture.

He is never going to be a prominent starting option for the franchise, even though Haynes does have three sacks, four tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, and eight pressures from just 36 percent of Carolina’s defensive snaps in 2020.

The Panthers seem intent with Yetur Gross-Matos as a possible long-term option opposite stud pass-rusher Brian Burns and the player does appear to be on the outside in this regard.

Haynes is a solid rotational piece.

But consistency has been an issue during his career.

One thing that might be a saving grace for Haynes is his 2021 cap hit, which currently stands at $1.03 million, and considering that financial resources are going to be hit thanks to COVID-19 revenue losses, it could result in the former Mississippi star seeing out the final year of his rookie deal.

What comes next will be up to the player. But his 49.9 grade from Pro Football Focus is a fair reflection on his production so far this season.