If they offer the low tender to Carter ($850,000 for one year), there's a good chance another team will make a run at signing him to an offer sheet since they would only need to surrender a fifth-round pick. However, if the Panthers give him the next level of tender ($1.3 million for one year) it requires another team to give up a first-round pick to get him, which will scare away most teams.
Look for the Panthers to try very hard to avoid the entire situation by signing Carter to a cap friendly two- or three-year contract.
But Carter's people know they have a talent on their hands and they could advise him to be patient, take the one-year tender and then see what's out there when he becomes an UFA next spring.
Ultimately, the Panthers could be forced to use the first-round tender because they don't want risk losing him.
Will the Panthers keep Carter?
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