Here’s a category that may present some serious issues if the Panthers don’t prioritize it. With four free-agent DBs awaiting contract decisions the Panthers might be in a fair bit of trouble if they end up losing them. However, a second or third-round draft pick and a meticulous pass defense coach could remedy said problem fairly quickly.
For those of you skeptical about it, please remember that Bradberry was a second-round pick who was forced to replace Josh Norman in the pass-happy NFC South. The loss of Charles Tillman to retirement and Bené Benwikere’s release after the infamous Julio Jones 300-yard receiving game didn’t help either.
This year will be a different story as Donte Jackson will be looking for revenge following his sophomore slump. It also looks like the Panthers are prudently trying to avoid a repeat of the 2016 draft debacle and are inking players with some experience for the impending competition. I expect two or three more to write fresh signatures on contracts with the Panthers soon.