3 easiest salary cap decisions Carolina Panthers can make in 2023

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Carolina Panthers restructure D.J. Moore

  • Cap savings – $12.72 million

One thing that’s become increasingly evident with every passing year around the NFL is salary-cap maneuvering by almost any means necessary. Teams are more willing to kick financial obligations further down the road than ever, which is thanks in no small part to the surging television and streaming revenue that’s only going to increase further in the coming years.

The Carolina Panthers have used this to their advantage under the expert cap management of Samir Suleiman. Something that will be evident once again this spring with the Panthers currently sitting at $9.56 million over the cap, according to Spotrac.

If the Panthers want to secure additional resources before free agency, then restructuring D.J. Moore‘s lucrative contract is arguably the best way to go about this. The wide receiver deserved his payday and still gets the same either way, so it should be relatively easy to figure out when the time comes.

Restructuring Moore’s deal comes with a potential cap saving of $12.72 million. If the Panthers move forward with a rookie quarterback as expected, this provides extra freedom to bolster other areas ahead of head coach Frank Reich’s first season at the helm.

Moore hasn’t had much to celebrate since joining the Panthers through no real fault of his own. If restructuring his deal means Carolina can find the right reinforcements this offseason, it’s something he’ll welcome with open arms.

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