A look at the tight end position in my series on where the money is for the Carolina Panthers:
Total position spending: $10,136,000
Spending vs. league average: 6
Analysis: Some might find it surprising that Carolina ranks sixth in the NFL in tight end spending. But it's really not out of line when you consider tight end is a big part of what the Panthers want to do offensively both running and passing. They invested wisely in Greg Olsen. He led the team in receptions last season and is emerging as one of the top tight ends in the NFL, worth every penny of his $7.8 million cap figure. They added Baltimore free agent Ed Dickson in free agency to give quarterback Cam Newton another receiving target in a two tight end set. If you remember, Newton threw for more than 4,000 yards as a rookie when he had Olsen and Jeremy Shockey in a two tight-end set. The Panthers also want to run more power formations, so they signed Mike McNeill from St. Louis for a reasonable $710,000. And one of the biggest bargains on the team may come in Brandon Williams, a former basketball player. He really started coming into his own as a potential weapon in OTAs and has a cap figure of only $495,000. Hard to really argue with anything spent here.