6 Carolina Panthers players outperforming their pay grade in 2022

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Brady Christensen
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Brady Christensen – Carolina Panthers OL

  • 2022 cap number: $1.1 million

After being severely mismanaged as a rookie, fans were right to be a little cautious about Brady Christensen heading into 2022. It wasn’t until late in the preparation period that the Carolina Panthers finally installed him as their starting left guard next to Ikem Ekwonu, which was probably a huge relief considering how much the former third-round pick’s been moved around since entering the league.

Christensen was graded higher as an interior protector than on the blindside where he starred at BYU by the Panthers. This has proved true so far thanks to much-needed consistency on an offensive line that’s been a tremendous asset to call upon this season.

There have been some moments of struggle, which isn’t unexpected. However, there’s been far more good than bad for Christensen and the Panthers can now relax safe in the knowledge they boast a long-term partnership on the left-hand side that’s been sorely missing.

With two sacks allowed and four penalties conceded through seven weeks, the only way is up for Christensen. The more familiar he becomes with playing the position, the better he’ll become.

Christensen counts $1.1 million against the salary cap in 2022. Just another reason why building through the draft is so important to a team like the Panthers.

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