Carolina Panthers: Selling the team culture to free agents

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Matt Rhule /
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Selling the players

There are players who talk themselves up, and there are players who let others talk them up. Everything the players do on the field is important to the record, and everything done off the field is important to what happens on the field.

A discussion about the team chemistry of the Carolina Panthers is guaranteed to include prominent figures such as Christian McCaffrey and Tre Boston, but with the departures of Luke Kuechly and Greg Olsen there are openings for potential members of the squad to contribute to a new solution.

The crux to the Panthers’ free agency approach will depend more on who they decide to re-sign rather than who they decide to draft. The NFL is practically a big fraternity and the camaraderie between players on different teams plays a major role in the free agent’s opinion of the team.

As a player who is looking for a long-term option of where to play you have to think about the long-term fallout of your decision. Do you see your teammates turning on you in a year or do you see them taking pay cuts just to have you around?

Panthers players have let on the feeling of a tight-knit community with the team, and hopefully they can continue to provide that feeling for the next few seasons. Nothing will make a guy say “yes” faster than the guarantee of living out his childhood dream while being around his best friends on a regular basis.