2018 Disaster Draft: The Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers just got bounced from the NFL Playoffs, and are now tasked with tearing apart their roster. They must make some tough decisions in this disaster draft to keep the effective part of their roster together. For the 2018 disaster draft, they just pick and choose the effective individual players that work rather than trying to keep entire units together (like the Bills did). They have the talent to do so, but some players did not make the cut due to their oncoming edge and impending 2019 free agency.

Free Agents Lost: Julius Peppers, Kaelin Clay, Star Loutulelei, Jairus Byrd


The No Doubters:

PLAYER POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cam Newton QB $21,500,000 $23,200,000 $21,100,000 UFA
Kawann Short DT $17,000,000 $17,000,000 $18,000,000 $18,500,000 UFA
Luke Kuechly ILB $13,100,059 $15,400,059 $11,900,059 $11,095,059 UFA
Greg Olsen TE $9,750,000 UFA
Trai Turner G $7,703,000 $8,797,000 $12,000,000 $14,500,000 UFA
Christian McCaffrey RB $3,918,477 $4,702,172 $5,485,872 UFA
Mario Addison DE $8,916,666 $9,166,668 UFA
Curtis Samuel WR $1,466,746 $1,760,095 $2,053,445 UFA
Vernon Butler DT $2,289,958 $2,671,618 UFA

Cam Newton belongs in a category above no doubters, as do Kawann Short and Luke Kuechly. Kuechly’s insane injury history almost tabbed him as a “more than likely” but the best ILB in the league deserves more respect than that. Greg Olsen might be around for one last ride, or he might play for 75 more years, it’s hard to tell at this point. Trai Turner is Carolina’s best offensive lineman and just signed a big extension. Christian McCaffrey will be something… eventually. I mean hey, technically being a souped up Danny Woodhead is something. Curtis Samuel stays for his upside and draft capital that they just spent, and Addison & Butler keep the stout defensive front alive.

The More-Than-Likely Staying:

PLAYER POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Thomas Davis OLB $9,953,125 UFA
Matt Kalil LT $6,900,000 $12,900,000 $15,900,000 $16,400,000 UFA
Kurt Coleman FS $5,250,000 $5,525,000 UFA
Jonathan Stewart RB $5,212,500 UFA
Charles Johnson DE $3,187,500 UFA
Shaq Thompson OLB $2,802,776 UFA
Daryl Worley CB $865,921 $950,921 UFA

Old Man Davis isn’t getting disrespected by dropping him into the draft. He’s got one more year and sentimentality grips the Panthers in this decision. Matt Kalil is the best Kalil on the Panthers roster, but only because Ryan sucks garbage. The rest of the guys on this list are solid to above-average starters, which seemingly describes half the Panthers roster. Shaq Thompson was #16, and he almost did not make this list.

The Leftovers:

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see the players available to the Conquistadors and Arches in the 2018 disaster draft.

PLAYER POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Ryan Kalil C $9,654,000 UFA
Captain Munnerlyn CB $4,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,500,000 UFA
Russell Shepard WR $3,525,000 $4,100,000 UFA
Mike Adams SS $2,425,000 UFA
Devin Funchess WR $1,756,649 UFA
Kyle Love DT $1,200,000 UFA
Wes Horton DE $1,200,000 UFA
Colin Jones SS $1,150,000 UFA
Fozzy Whittaker RB $1,150,000 UFA
James Bradberry CB $1,080,228 $1,260,266 UFA
J.J. Jansen LS $1,055,000 $1,170,000 $1,185,000 UFA
Taylor Moton T $945,035 $1,134,042 $1,323,049 UFA
Ben Jacobs ILB $890,000 UFA
Daryl Williams RT $844,280 UFA
Daeshon Hall DE $815,438 $910,438 $1,010,438 UFA
Cameron Artis-Payne RB $746,565 UFA
David Mayo OLB $746,565 UFA
Zach Moore DE $705,000 UFA
Jared Norris OLB $636,668 RFA
Lorenzo Doss CB $630,000 $720,000
Kevon Seymour CB $630,000 $720,000 UFA
John Theus T $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Alex Armah FB $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Demetrious Cox S $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Bryan Cox Jr. DE $555,000 ERFA
Garrett Gilbert QB $555,000 ERFA
Corn Elder CB $549,474 $714,474 $804,477 UFA
Cole Luke CB $483,333 $648,334 RFA
Fred Ross WR $483,333 $648,334 RFA


Disclaimer goes here: Roster is as of January 8, 2018 and salary figures are from Spotrac.com

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