CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A look at the one-year contracts of recent free agent signings by the Carolina Panthers:
WR Jarrett Boykin -- Got a $700,000 deal with a $20,000 signing bonus. Total guaranteed $20,000.
RB Jordan Todman -- Got a $765,000 deal with a $20,000 signing bonus. Total guaranteed $20,000.
LB Jason Trusnik -- Got a $950,000 deal with an $80,000 signing bonus. Total guaranteed 80,000.
OT Jonathan Martin -- Acquired by claiming off waivers after being released by San Francisco. Panthers responsible for $1,042,000 in 2015.
As you see, the Panthers didn’t have to invest much in these players -- Martin aside -- that coach Ron Rivera referred to on Tuesday as “on the cusp’’ of being solid positional players as well as special teams contributors.
The down side is that if they perform well, they’ll all become free agents in 2016, although Carolina should be healthy enough under the salary cap to compete to keep them.
Carolina still has $9,995,433 left under the salary cap with about $7 million of that to be set aside for draft picks and roster moves in training camp and the season, according to ESPN’s Roster Management.
The team has the capability of freeing up more room by restructuring the contracts of defensive end Charles Johnson ($20,020,000 2015 cap hit) and center Ryan Kalil ($11,795,000 cap hit), if necessary.
Former Minnesota and Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings is the only significant free agent the Panthers have pursued that remains unsigned. Rivera said on Tuesday the team is in no hurry to sign him after getting Boykin.