With the Super Bowl behind us, it is now time to MOVE ON.
The season didn't finished the way anyone thought it would, but the simple fact to the matter is there is nothing that can be done about it now other than-- MOVE ON.
The Panthers front office has moved on as they have already started discussions on tough decisions that need to be made with team personnel.
The good news is, Carolina is finally in a great position with the salary cap and the core is set with the signing of Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly.
Free agent wise, this team will have to make decisions on cornerback Josh Norman, safety Roman Harper, fullback Mike Tolbert, and right tackle Mike Remmers.
Norman will more than likely get the franchise tag from the team keeping him with the Panthers for another year at around $13 million.
Harper and Tolbert will be very tough choices because of the players they have been for this team and more than that, the leaders they have been as well.
Remmers may be expendable as the team selected Daryl Williams in the 4th round of last year's draft and may give him the shot to take that position. Remmers didn't have his best effort in the Super Bowl trying to block MVP Von Miller.
The next set of tough choices will come with players like defensive ends Charles Johnson and Jared Allen. Both of which are still under contract for next season.
Allen came to the Panthers in a mid season trade with the Bears and it was a sweet deal for Carolina. Allen is scheduled to make $8 million next season but the team can cut him without it counting against their cap and expect Carolina to take that option. Allen had only one tackle in the Super Bowl and tallied only 27 tackles as a Panthers with only two sacks.
Johnson is scheduled to make over $10 million next season. That's a high cap number for a player whose production has declined of the last few seasons due in part to injures. He did have five tackles and a sack in the Super Bowl. He also had a sack and forced fumble in the NFC title game. CJ still has value on a defense in the NFL but perhaps not with the Carolina Panthers at $10 million.
Just some of the things to watch in the next few months as we all MOVE ON from the disappointment of Super Bowl 50.
And I hate to say this, but more than likely, the Panthers will make a decision to cut a fan favorite. Never forget, pro football is a business and fans may have to MOVE ON from that choice during this off season as well.
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