Carolina Panthers: 4 replacement options if Russell Okung retires

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Demar Dotson

Another option that the Carolina Panthers would no doubt look at considerably if Russell Okung retired is to bring in a veteran in free agency. This would solve a substantial problem in 2020. And it would also give the organization some time to come up with a longer-term solution.

Demar Dotson is one of the more notable names on the free-agent market. He played well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last time out. And he is a seasoned campaigner with a decade of starting experience.

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The Buccaneers decided to younger this offseason. This left Dotson on the outside looking in. But he played well enough to get an impressive 71.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. And he appears to be a plug and play starter at right tackle.

This would allow Taylor Moton to move over to the left. And it would take the pressure off the likes of Greg Little and Dennis Daley, who were not ready to see the field as rookies.

Dotson gave up five sacks and ten penalties from 1,045 snaps in 2019. The Panthers have the necessary salary-cap space to make him a decent one-year offer that would be hard to turn down at this juncture.

The lineman is no stranger to Carolina having come up against the team twice a season for the entirety of his career. And bringing someone in with 106 career starts would offset Okung’s retirement somewhat.