4 Carolina Panthers players who could benefit from recent cuts

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Which Carolina Panthers players could benefit most from the recent cuts to free-up some additional funds ahead of free agency?

While the recent cost-cutting measures by the Carolina Panthers were expected, it was further proof that the organization will do whatever is necessary to get itself back to prominence in the coming years. Head coach Matt Rhule made an encouraging start overall during his first year at the next level, but the pressure is on for further progress next time around.

This is something Rhule is already aware of.

Owner David Tepper is sure to have an influence on what major incoming join Carolina in the coming weeks, with his ambitions to land quarterback Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans absolutely no secret at this stage.

They will be moving forward without Kawann Short, Stephen Weatherly, Tre Boston, and Michael Palardy were all cut ahead of time, which leaves the Panthers with $39.89 million in salary-cap space, according to Spotrac.

It’s clear this is going to be an exciting and dramatic few weeks ahead for Carolina’s loyal fanbase. What quality is brought into the franchise will be absolutely crucial, but much will depend on how much those currently on the roster improve during the 2021 preparation period.

On this subject, let’s take a look at four Panthers players who could be the main beneficiaries of the recent cuts made.

Player No. 1

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Joseph Charlton might have been nervously looking over his shoulder amid the impending return of Michael Palardy. But the Panthers demonstrated a tremendous amount of confidence in the punter after he made the most out of a big opportunity during his rookie campaign.

This was a shrewd pickup by Carolina and one that can stand them in good stead moving forward. Charlton averaged 46.3 yards-per-punt in 2020 and obviously did enough to convince the coaching staff that he’s the right man for the job.

There were obvious financial benefits with Palardy’s release that cannot be ignored. However, Charlton’s form made the decision that little bit easier.