Potential Cap Casualty: A.J. Bouye
Like the Falcons before, the Panthers aren’t a team with a slew of cuttable names. While they have some highly paid players that aren’t worth it (looking at you Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson), neither can be released and give the team cap space. That leaves the team with few options to create cap space in 2022.
The name that makes the most sense to me is A.J. Bouye. While he has enjoyed a successful tenure in the league, he is clearly waning as a player as age is catching up to him. Considering the Panthers have a couple of young and promising corners, Bouye doesn’t really have a secure role moving forward.
Carolina only clears up about 3.5 million dollars if they cut him, but if he is only going to be playing 30-40 percent of the defensive snaps, he really isn’t needed at that price. While this isn’t a huge cap gain, it may be enough to sway the Panthers into turning him into a cap casualty.
This team has a lot of work to do, and unfortunately, they have a difficult path to create cap space to improve this team.