Recently it has quieted down on the front of the Watson village, as the disgruntled star appears to be deadlocked with QB Texas. But that team clearly hasn’t stopped planning to change that stance.
The Carolina Panthers made several roster moves this week that flew under the radar – but could be designed to clean the cap if Watson becomes available. Once the star is “Dark Horse” to land the QB, the team appears in a position to make itself a key player.
Carolina has cut four players in the past week: former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kwan Short, safety Trey Boston, defensive end Stephen Weatherly and Michael Palardy. According to CBS Sports. The moves collectively freed $ 25.7 million in cap space, now putting them $ 40 million below the cap.
Then, Carolina converted the base salary of a majority center Matt Paradis into a signed bonus, pushing that money into the future and creating another $ 5 million in cap space. According to ESPN.
on Monday, Sports Illustrated also revealed The team plans to move on from current quarterback Teddy Bridgewater due to his “physical limitations”. Bridgewater has a $ 10 million guarantee in 2021, which makes the cut a bit tricky, but all signs take the team to the center.
All the moves suggest Carolina is trying to score a run on Watson, who used to play college football at Clemson – a state away. CBS Sports report Panthers owner David Taper is “heavily consumed” by the prospect of landing star QB, and is expected to be a key player if he becomes available.
Of course, the question is whether it will be available or not. Houston insisted that he had no interest in Watson’s trading. But if the deadlock continues and if Texas loosens its stance, Carolina is expected to face a major setback.