It's no secret the Panthers are short on available cash heading into a crucial offseason.

Depending on the website and projections out there, Carolina has anywhere from $15-20 million of cap space to spend, which isn't much when you consider the Panthers have to pay their upcoming draft class a solid chunk of that space, while signing any pending free agents such as Andrew Norwell, Star Lotulelei and Graham Gano is going to eat up much of the money as well.

But, if new full-time Panthers general manager Marty Hurney wants to keep his job once new ownership takes over, he's got to show he's willing to make the tough decisions to keep the team in a good place, cap-wise.

First among the list? Cutting aging veterans (or at least attempting to re-work their contracts), even if they are established names, to open up money to give the Panthers' roster the best chance possible to win. One look at the current roster shows more than a few names whose salaries don't match their production, and it wouldn't be unfair for the organization to ask for a paycut before otherwise releasing them.

Here are three cuts that would save the Panthers just less than $14 million this offseason, giving them closer to $30-35 million heading into free agency and the draft rather than the slim pickings that come with $15-20.