Panthers: Top 5 offseason departures who will thrive on new teams

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We ranked the top five former Carolina Panthers who have the best chance of making the biggest impact with their new teams in 2020.

To say there have been significant changes across the board for the Carolina Panthers this offseason would be a massive understatement. This was probably expected during the first year of their rebuild. And new head coach Matt Rhule has now laid the foundations from which to build a possible contender in the future.

A wealth of veteran players were either released, traded, or moved on at their own accord. This has left the Panthers with a roster that is relatively devoid of any real prominent starting experience. And it is going to be a baptism of fire for the group in a tough-looking schedule in 2020.

This sink or swim mentality is not expected to bring anything like a winning record next season. Carolina is looking at the bigger picture for overall success. And next spring will be another crucial period with more salary-cap space at their disposal.

Plenty of talented players who turned out for the Panthers in 2019 have the chance to make their presence felt in a new environment next time around. Some have landed in tremendous spots in their quest for a Super Bowl. And others go into 2020 with a substantial amount to prove after being rejected by the place they once called home.

These decisions were a necessary evil for the Panthers. Things had become stagnant under head coach Ron Rivera, which played a leading role in his firing. A fresh approach is welcome, and Carolina has plenty of exciting young players to utilize on both sides of the ball.

We ranked the top five departures that have the potential to make the biggest impression on their new teams in 2020.