4 Carolina Panthers players who can outperform their pay grade in 2022

(Griffin Zetterberg-USA TODAY Sports) Jeremy Chinn
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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S

  • 2022 salary-cap number – $1.42 million

In truth, this has already happened. But another strong season from Jeremy Chinn in 2022 would leave the Carolina Panthers with no option other than to hand the talented defensive back a bumper new deal.

Chinn has been nothing short of phenomenal since the Panthers traded up to secure the Southern Illinois product at No. 64 overall during the 2020 NFL Draft. His athleticism and instincts have been a substantial asset for defensive coordinator Phil Snow, with the player also emerging into a leadership role to further enhance his influence.

The Panthers are moving forward with Chinn on the backend after a smooth transition back to the position where he starred in college. He’ll also have an upgraded partner to lean on after Carolina secured the services of Xavier Woods in free agency from the Minnesota Vikings.

Providing there is no drastic dip in form from Chinn, he’ll be an integral part of any success that comes Carolina’s way in 2022. It could also make him a very rich man in the process.

Chinn counts $1.42 million against the Panthers’ salary cap, which is a steal whichever way one looks at it. However, that might not be the case for much longer.

One thing is absolutely certain. If the player’s influence increases, then the primary decision-makers would be wise to offer Chinn a longer-term commitment at the earliest possible opportunity.