5 Panthers players that will be grossly overpaid in 2021 if not cut

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Matt Paradis – Carolina Panthers C

  • Cap hit – $10.33 million

Another who’ll be getting a lot more than his play deserves providing he’s still around in 2021 is Matt Paradis. The center did have a good year compared to 2019, but the bar wasn’t exactly high after the offensive lineman failed to justify his bumper deal in free agency to prise him from the Denver Broncos.

There could be some substantial changes to the Carolina Panthers’ protection this offseason. Their inability in run blocking and passing downs outside of stud right tackle Taylor Moton was a glaring weakness that needs to be solved at the earliest possible opportunity and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see four of the five 2020 starters replaced.

Paradis is on the chopping block.

And not just because of his play.

The former Boise State standout counts $10.33 million against the cap if Carolina keeps him around. This is an astronomical figure considering how inconsistent Paradis has been and cutting him loose would give them around $5 million that could probably be better spent elsewhere.

This is all part of the business. Paradis will know that more than most and considering how deep this 2021 NFL Draft class is on the offensive line interior, there might be a cheaper alternative who could offer a production upgrade in the process.