The Carolina Panthers made a pair of moves to open up some cap space with free agency less than a month away by voiding the contracts of safety Roman Harper and wide reciever Jerricho Cotchery, according to Charlotte Observer's Joe Person. As he writes both these contracts automatically voided based on the contract these two players signed. Harper and Cotchery will now be unrestricted free agents and may sign with any team on March 9th.
The Panthers brought both players in before the 2014 season and both had significant roles on this team. Cotchery finished both seasons third on the team in receptions and receiving yards and in two seasons with the Panthers had 100 receptions, 1,160 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
While Cotchery developed a reputation of being a reliable wide receiver, he struggled in the Super Bowl with a few key drops.
Roman Harper, who will be 33 years at the start of the 2016 season, started both his seasons in Carolina at safety for this defense. He finished third in 2014 and fourth this past season in tackles and had 148 total over that span along with four interceptions and one sack.
The Panthers do have depth at this position and Tre Boston seems like the likely candidate to replace Harper in the lineup next year, unless the team brings in another player in free agency or the draft.
According to Spotrac, the Panthers will now carry $2.25 million dollars in dead money into 2016 with Cotchery accounting for $1.35 million and Harper accounting for $900,000.