3 biggest bargains of Carolina Panthers free agency so far

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) John Miller
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John Miller – OG

  • Contract – $1.12 million (1 year) – $987,500 cap hit.

John Miller started off his tenure with the franchise well after arriving from the Cincinnati Bengals last year. But he tailed off somewhat down the stretch which left some doubt as to whether he’d be given another deal with the free-agent market opened up.

Even though Carolina Panthers free agency started with the signings of Pat Elflein and Cam Erving to bolster protection depth, Miller was re-signed to a team-friendly deal that might be worth its weight in gold with better options around the veteran next time around.

Had Miller been brought back on the $4 million he earned in 2020, then more than a few eyebrows would have been raised. However, getting a potential starter next to stud right tackle Taylor Moton at a salary-cap hit of $987,500 represents tremendous value despite the player’s struggles at times.

Miller won’t have things all his own way regarding a starting berth this season. So this added sense of urgency might make all the difference in terms of improved performance at OTAs and training camp.

This could mean good news for the Panthers, who are also looking for a long-term left tackle either in free agency or the 2021 NFL Draft. The potential to bring in another interior lineman from a deep class is also a possibility, but the price was simply too good to turn down where Miller was concerned.