Panthers depth chart: Has the offensive tackle room improved?

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Taylor Moton
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Russell Okung, Panthers depth chart
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Panthers depth chart: LT1 and RT1

The Carolina Panthers depth chart has been bolstered by the arrival of left tackle Russell Okung. The Pro Bowl was acquired via a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers that sent productive guard Trai Turner in the opposite direction.

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While Okung might be past the peak of his powers. There is still some hope that he can be the veteran presence the Panthers need to guide them through a period of relative uncertainty. The player is saying all the right things following the move. But he is heading into the final year of his contract and it remains to be seen whether his stay in Carolina will be more than just a one-year deal.

Trading Turner for a player the Panthers do not plan to keep around does not seem smart. However, the move would also free up some much-needed funds in 2021 during a free-agency period that Carolina can look to acquire some of the more prominent players available.

Taylor Moton is penned in as the starter at the right tackle and much is expected of the player in 2020. Although he gave away five sacks in 2019, the player did perform well in a struggling offense and he could be set for big improvements with better players surrounding him.

Moton is also in the last year of his deal, which makes both Panthers’ projected starters looking for a new contract at the end of the season. This might work to the team’s advantage as players do tend to put in a little bit more effort in pursuit of some extra dollars.