4 underpaid Carolina Panthers players heading into 2023 offseason

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Brady Christensen
(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Brady Christensen /
3 of 4
Carolina Panthers
(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports) Jeremy Chinn /

Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S

  • 2023 cap hit – $3.33 million

Regardless of where Jeremy Chinn‘s best position on defense is – which remains a topic of great debate among the team’s fanbase – it’s clear the player has a bright future. But the sooner Ejiro Evero and the Carolina Panthers decide this once and for all, the better their chances will be.

Chinn is instinctive and explosive, which enabled the former second-round pick to make an instant impact as a rookie. Switching to the safety position decreased his influence slightly, so moving him closer to the line of scrimmage will be discussed by the coaching staff before anything becomes confirmed one way or another.

This is a big campaign for Chinn, who’ll count $3.33 million against the team’s salary cap on the last year of his rookie deal. He’s another that could get an early extension from the Panthers this offseason, although adopting a wait-and-see approach cannot be dismissed, either.

Again, if Chinn excels under Evero, then the financial demands will go up as a result. It’s another big call to make, but the Panthers have plenty of available funds in 2024 to spend on existing players or potential reinforcements in this scenario.

Chinn is definitely underpaid considering his body of work since entering the league. How much the Panthers would be willing to part with on a long-term contract is the biggest question.