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Five Biggest Bargains for the Carolina Panthers in 2015

The Carolina Panthers saw a number of players play at a level higher than their contracts and Brandon Croce takes a look at the top five bargains for the Panthers in 2015.

5. Ted Ginn Jr.

2015 Salary: $1,850,000

2015 Stats: 44 receptions, 739 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns

The Carolina Panthers knew the player they were getting when they brought Ted Ginn Jr. back last offseason. In 2013, he had his best season in his career and would be an excellent deep threat for this offense.

However, his role expanded exponentially when Kelvin Benjamin suffered a torn ACL in training camp and Ginn became the number one wide receiver. He responded though catching 10 touchdown passes, one of only 13 wide receivers to accomplish that feat. He also finished fifth in the league in yards per reception for players catching over 40 passes with an average of 16.8 yards.

4. Mike Remmers

2015 Salary: $585,000

2015 Stats: 19 games started at right tackle

Even though Remmers had his worst game as a Panther on the biggest stage, Super Bowl 50, he was one of the biggest bargains for this team. Remmers started 19 games for the Panthers and really helped solidify that side of the line.

The team was able to bring back Remmers on another team friendly deal however he isn't guaranteed to get his job back. Second-year tackle Daryl Williams is expected to compete for the job and will be sure to push the veteran for the starting position.

3. Kurt Coleman

2015 Salary: $1,340,625

2015 Stats: 90 total tackles, seven interceptions, one sack

The signing of the safety last offseason was the team's biggest free agent bargain. The former Philadelphia Eagle and Kansas City Chief was reunited with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and saw his career revitalized.

He was able to earn one of the starting safety jobs during training camp and went on to have an incredible season for this defense. He finished the regular season with seven interceptions, which was one off the NFL lead in the category. He wasn't done though and added two more in the playoffs.

2. Josh Norman

2015 Salary: $1,591,500

2015 Stats: 56 total tackles, three forced fumbles, four interceptions

Norman is no longer with the Panthers however there is no question he was one of the biggest bargains on this team and the NFL as a whole.

In his final season with the Panthers he became one of the top cornerbacks in the league and had four interceptions in the first four games, returning two for touchdowns. The turnover numbers went down as the season went on though but this was due to opposing quarterbacks throwing his direction less.

1. Kawann Short

2015 Salary: $1,262,754

2015 Stats: 55 total tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles

The team's biggest bargain last season was defensive tackle Kawann Short, who most likely won't be a bargain for much longer. According to reports, the two sides have begun negotiating a contract extension and will most likely make him one of the higher paid players at his position.

Related Link: Carolina Panthers and Kawann Short Begin Discussing Contract Extension

Short had an incredible season and was one of only three defensive tackles with double digit sacks. He also was named to the second-team All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. He also was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month twice in 2015.

The emergence of Short was a major reason for the Panthers' defense strong season last year but the team is now ready to compensate him for that strong year. He is sure to not be on this list next year.

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