4 Panthers who may not be with the team next season

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Matt Paradis, Carolina Panthers
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Matt Paradis

The upcoming season is also a crucial one for Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Matt Paradis. The player is coming off a disappointing 2019 campaign and much improvement is needed if he doesn’t want to be on the chopping block next spring.

Paradis received a modest grade of 63.5 from Pro Football Focus for his efforts during the previous campaign. But he was tied-fourth in sacks allowed from the center position and a huge turnaround in production is needed this time around on a revamped offensive line.

There is a real out for the Panthers in 2021 regarding Paradis’ contract. This could save them some valuable resources that could be better spent elsewhere if the center cannot find the form of old.

His task will not be made any easier by a new quarterback and two new offensive guards. Couple this with a distinct lack of face-to-face time heading into the campaign.

When one considers all these factors, it is going to be a big strain on Paradis and his aspirations with the franchise. The Carolina Panthers’ decision-makers showed their ruthless streak in no uncertain terms with former key veterans this offseason. And it is a trend that might have to continue against next year in order to get the organization going in the right direction.

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Paradis looks like he could be one of the primary sacrificial lambs. But there is still a chance he can bounce back and reestablish his importance.