3 former Panthers who could come out of retirement and play

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Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
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Luke Kuechly

Let’s start with the most obvious player who could come out of retirement and still play for the Carolina Panthers. Luke Kuechly shocked the world when he decided to call it a day during the offseason which was a significant blow to the organization and its fanbase.

Although few would argue that the reasons behind Kuechly’s retirement were more than acceptable. It does not detract from the fact that he could still play a leading role on this Panthers’ team going forward.

He is only 29-yeard-old and was still playing at a high level in 2019 despite the team’s overall struggles. Kuechly is widely considered to be the best linebacker of his generation and he leaves behind a massive void in Carolina.

Given Kuechly’s strength of character. It would appear this decision to retire is final. We see it time-and-time again across the NFL – players who take a year out but get the itch to get back involved the following season.

It would be a massive shock if Kuechly added his name to this list. He has little left to prove and doesn’t need the money. And he leaves behind a legacy that is going to end up with a Hall of Fame selection.

That being said, having Kuechly on this Panthers’ defense would be extremely beneficial to this young unit. If he ever did decide to come back, the organization would undoubtedly welcome him back with open arms.