ESPN’s Pat Yakinkas reports that the Panthers are facing severe salary cap issue not just for the upcoming season (they have to get down to the salary cap by March 12) but also for 2014 (43 players signed for $139 million) and 2015 (20 players signed for $111.6 million and Cam Newton is not one of those 20). Yakinkas states:

That’s why restructuring many more contracts to push money back isn’t good for the long term. The Panthers need to get some of the big money off their books now.

Yup. Interesting to see how they do this and how much talent the team loses as a result.

Bonus observation: The salary cap mess makes it all the more important that the Panthers draft exceptionally well this year. They literally can’t afford to miss.