Where's the money? Cornerback


A look at the cornerback position in my series on where the money is for the Carolina Panthers:

Total position spending: $7,447,833

Spending vs. league average: 26


Analysis: Believe it or not, the Panthers have committed about the same amount of money under the cap at cornerback in 2014 as the Seattle Seahawks, who have the league's best secondary. One reason is Richard Sherman's cap number is only $3,676,606 this season as compared to $12.2 million in 2015. The other reason is Carolina's Godfrey is to count $3 million against the cap despite a restructure that cleared more than $4 million. Godfrey signed his last deal as a safety, but was moved to cornerback during the offseason as he recovered from an Achilles injury that sidelined him most of last season. If he can win one of the cornerback spots, he will be a bargain. If he doesn't, the Panthers will have even better bargains in free agent Cason or White, who finished organized team activities as the starters. White was a steal last season when he became the starter as an undrafted free agent. Again, Carolina's unwillingness to re-sign starting cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who received a three-year, $15 million deal with Minnesota, shows the confidence the staff has that the front seven will make the secondary better even if it isn't full of big names. But just because the Panthers are spending about the same as Seattle doesn't mean this group is as talented. It just worked out that way.