Mike Mitchell- 5 million a year
Jordan Gross- 1-2 million one year deal
Graham Gano- 2-3 million a year
Our other free agents can be replaced
Jared Allen- 3 million a year
Jeremy Maclin- 1 million one year deal
NFL Draft: (Tag and trade Hardy for an early 2nd round pick)
1st round pick- Cyrus Kouandjio
With the rise of prospects like Greg Robinson and Zack Martin, Cyrus could fall to us late in the first round. He is the perfect guy to be our RT going into next year. Cam is a pocket passer who can run. When he has time to throw, he can shred any defense to pieces.
2nd round pick (trade)- Jordan Matthews
Again I have us drafting Matthews. I think he and Cam will be a great combination in route to many championships.
2nd round pick- Kyle Fuller
I consider him the second best corner in this class. We need some help at the corner spot, but the bad thing is I don't think Rivera and his staff know how to develop corners. It's too bad we can't get one of those defensive back coaches from the Seattle staff.
3rd round pick- James Hurst
This pick is more of a value pick for the future. Having two studs at tackle in Cyrus and James will be great for the franchise. This is probably Gross' last year if he does come back, so next year Hurst and Kouandjio would take over, each having a year of playing at this level under their belt.
4th round pick- Victor Hampton
Another value pick to try and strengthen this cornerback group we have here in Carolina. Hampton is stronger than Munnerlyn and have better cover skills. Even though he's listed at 5'10", he got ups like an NBA star. Perhaps if Steve Smith played cornerback, he would have looked something like Hampton.
5th round pick- Isaiah Lewis
There's no clear cut ball hawk safety out of this group, but I like the thought of getting a defensive back from one of the best secondaries in college football. Lewis has shown he can get the job done.
6th round pick- Spencer Long
A hidden gem at Guard.
7th round pick (trade)- L'Damian Washington
Perhaps a hidden gem at the receiver position. This should give Cam a plethora of weapons to throw to next season, along with a super strong line. (And hopefully a healthy running game.)
Depth chart projection: Starters
QB- Cam Newton
RB- Jonathan Stewart
FB- Mike Tolbert
WR- Steve Smith
WR- Jeremy Maclin (FA)
TE- Greg Olsen
LT- Jordan Gross
LG- Amini Silatolu
C- Ryan Kalil
RG- Toss up
RT- Cyrus Kouandjio ®
DE- Jared Allen (FA)
DT- Star Lotulelei
DT- Kawann Short
DE- Charles Johnson
OLB- Thomas Davis
MLB- Luke Kuechly
OLB- AJ Klein
CB- Melvin White
FS- Isaiah Lewis ®
SS- Mike Mitchell
CB- Kyle Fuller ®
K- Graham Gano
P- Brad Nortman
PR/KR- We'll see who's left in free agency. After June 1st, we'll have more money to bring guys in