4 players the Carolina Panthers shouldn’t have let get away
Carolina Panthers Player No. 3: James Bradberry (CB)
Things look extremely uncertain for the Carolina Panthers at the cornerback position heading into 2020. The roster overhaul was particularly evident in this area of the field. And it has left them with a boom or bust element given the strength of passing attacks on the schedule.
Their plight was made that much harder when the Panthers made the move to let James Bradberry walk in free agency. The team’s No. 1 option signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the New York Giants that included a $9 million signing bonus and $31.98 million guaranteed.
Realistically speaking, Carolina was never going to be able to match this sort of financial outlay in their current situation. However, this does not detract from what a blow it is to lose someone of Bradberry’s caliber.
He performed well in the face of the opposition’s No. 1 receiving threat in 2019. Bradberry gave up just 47 receptions on 80 targets, which was easily the best level of production on the team last season.
While the player will now look to turnaround the fortunes of the Giants’ appalling secondary. The Panthers move forward with Donte Jackson as their No. 1 option. He has the skillset to make a go of things. But it remains to be seen just how he is going to cope with covering the likes of Michael Thomas and Julio Jones consistently.