What pressing items remain for general manager Scott Fitterer ahead of one of the most important offseasons in Carolina Panthers franchise history?
The Carolina Panthers were the first team to get a new head coach this off-season. But there is much work ahead for general manager Scott Fitterer before the team begins preparing for the 2023 campaign.
Fitterer is now the primary decision-maker when it comes to personnel. Frank Reich and others will have a say, but the buck lies with the former Seattle Seahawks front office figure for the first time.
This is something Fitterer hasn’t had before thanks to Matt Rhule’s presence. Although this is positive, the margin for error is slim heading into his third spring with the franchise.
With this in mind, here are four pressing items that Fitterer must figure out in the weeks and months ahead.
Pressing Item No. 1
Carolina Panthers must sort out their salary-cap
According to Spotrac, the Carolina Panthers are currently $9.56 million over the cap despite the notable increase in available funds outlined by the NFL. This isn’t ideal, so Scott Fitterer and the front office need to sort this out and put themselves in a better financial state in 2023.
Samir Suleiman will have an influential role to play. And there are moves that can be made that free up anywhere between $30-50 million to spend depending on the consensus opinion.