4 ways the Carolina Panthers can create more salary-cap space

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Release Juston Burris

The Carolina Panthers made a surprising move to cut ties with Tre Boston just one-year into his recent contract extension. He was unable to match the production that earned him this financial commitment and releasing him once the new league season officially begins will add some much-needed funds to their overall sum.

However, there is the possibility Carolina cuts Juston Burris in the coming weeks, which would leave them looking for two new starters on the backend.

This move would almost certainly see stud rookie Jeremy Chinn move back to his preferred position after starring at outside linebacker in 2020. But this is considered to be a deep NFL Draft class for safeties and it’s something that the Panthers should take full advantage of.

Burris joined the franchise in free agency last year from the Cleveland Browns and struggled overall. Getting a significant rib injury midway through the campaign didn’t exactly help his cause, but the $3.8 million they’d be saving with an early release is a tempting proposition.

Moving Chinn to the backend and acquiring a prospect that can make the sort of impact the former Southern Illinois standout made last season would give the Panthers a great chance of improving in this particular area of the field.