3 free agents the Panthers should consider to improve roster

(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) Trumaine Johnson
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Trumaine Johnson – CB

Since Josh Norman’s amazing 2015 season, the Carolina Panthers cornerbacks have not performed well. Donte Jackson has been a solid player for the team but having one solid corner does not get the job done when you have to play Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and now Tom Brady twice a year.

James Bradberry left in free agency this offseason, which left a hole at the second corner spot. The Panthers signed Eli Apple but he has had a very disappointing career since being drafted No. 10 overall by the New York Giants.

Trumaine Johnson would be a solid option to fill that corner spot. He is a proven veteran and has had some very good seasons in his eight-year career.

Johnson’s best season came in 2015 as a member of the then St. Louis Rams. He only started 13 games but finished the season with seven interceptions, 17 passes defended, and 71 total tackles.

He spent six years with the Rams and his past two seasons with the New York Jets. Johnson was solid in the games he played. Over his two seasons there he was injured a lot but still put up five interceptions, seven passes defended, and 65 total tackles in 2018 and 2019.

The cornerback maybe a little older now but he can still contribute. Johnson can help teach the Panthers’ young guys what it takes to succeed in the league and progress them on and off the field.

Having two starting corners that have had success in the league would be a much better option than having Jackson start with whatever corner has been playing well lately. The Panthers should take a look at Johnson and consider bringing him in for the 2020 season.