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

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Mario Addison, Carolina Panthers
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DE. BUFFALO BILLS. MARIOADDISON. 2. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 16

Carolina Panthers Player No. 2: Mario Addison (DE)

Mario Addison was an absolute stud for the Carolina Panthers in 2019. He was a relentless force on the line of scrimmage. And this resulted in the player getting into the opposition’s backfield consistently.

This not only saw the former undrafted prospect getting 11 sacks and a 63.1 grade from Pro Football Focus. It also saw Addison secure a three-year, $30.45 million contract from the Buffalo Bills in free agency that included a $6 million signing bonus and $15.25 million guaranteed.

The size of this deal was something that the Panthers were never going to match due to their current financial constraints. And Addison’s arrival on a talented Bills’ defense has the scope to give them another boost as they look to wrestle the AFC East crown from the New England Patriots.

He is one of many former Panthers that find themselves in Buffalo next season. Putting Addison on a line that includes Jerry Hughes, Ed Oliver, Trent Murphy, and Star Lotulelei has endless amounts of potential.

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Addison has worked hard to earn a payday such as this. It has been known for players to get complacent one financial security is assured. But this shouldn’t apply to a player that comes with an incredibly strong character.

With 48 sacks over the last five seasons, Addison is a prolific pass-rushing presence that has proven credentials. How Carolina’s new recruits perform next season will go a long way to determining just how much the defensive end is going to be missed.