Carolina Panthers: Taylor Moton contract talks are statement of intent

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Taylor Moton
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Taylor Moton /

The Carolina Panthers are reportedly discussing a long-term extension with offensive lineman Taylor Moton, which is another huge statement of intent from the organization.

Taylor Moton is one of the brightest young offensive tackles in the NFL. His play over the last two years has been nothing short of exemplary. And the Carolina Panthers are looking to tie the player down for the foreseeable future.

According to ESPN beat writer David Newton, the Carolina Panthers are working on a long-term extension with Moton ahead of the new season. This is welcome news for the team’s fanbase with the former second-round pick heading into the final year of his deal. And a lengthy deal would ensure the organization has its been lineman around for his prime years.

This is a shrewd move for the Panthers if they can reach an agreement. Another strong year of production would have increased Moton’s strength at the bargaining table next spring. And he is protected to command an annual salary of $14 million per season by Spotrac.

There appears little doubt that Moton is worth this sort of financial commitment. He was the one bright spot on an otherwise disappointing performance from a protection perspective in 2019. And the Panthers will be counting on the Western Michigan product to deliver the goods once again next time around.

When asked about a potential new deal during a virtual presser on Sunday, Moton stated he is focusing on football and leaving the particulars to his agent.

"“I have a lot of trust in my agent. I’m 100 percent focused on Taylor Moton being the best offensive tackle I can be.’’"

Why Taylor Moton is a key component for the Carolina Panthers.

The future looks incredibly bright where Moton is concerned. He has handled starting responsibilities extremely well over the last two seasons. And this is further reflected by his 76.6. and 72.2 grades from Pro Football Focus.

Carolina does have some extra cap space to work with to get this sort of deal done. And he will be the second-biggest offensive star to re-affirm their commitment to the franchise after All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey penned a four-year, $64 million deal this offseason.

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This would be another real statement of intent from the Panthers, who are looking to become a contender in the not-too-distant future. Having players like Moton around for a prolonged period is something that should assist their aspirations considerably. It will also give the player some financial security and allow him to avoid all the speculation that comes with impending free agency.

The organization let plenty of established veterans leave over recent months. If Moton eventually departed the Panthers, it would be nothing short of a disaster.

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Getting him tied down to a long-term deal at the earliest opportunity is another smart move by the front office. And although it is only at the discussion stage, it represents extremely good news that there is a willingness from both parties.