3 free agents the Panthers should consider to improve roster

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Ronald Leary – OL

This offseason the Carolina Panthers made a decision to trade Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers for left tackle Russell Okung. It was not a bad trade by any means and brought a veteran in to protect Teddy Bridgewater’s blindside.

The move did make the Panthers very weak at the guard position. Michael Schofield, Dennis Daley, and John Miller are the three best options. They aren’t terrible, but there are better ones out there.

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Ronald Leary is a proven veteran who is still on the market. The Cleveland Browns were interested in signing him but they never got the deal done.

Leary was a part of the amazing Dallas Cowboys offensive line from 2012 to 2016 and played very well for them. He has spent the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

In 2018 Leary tore his Achilles and his season was cut short. He came back last year and started 12 games for the Broncos and performed well for them.

Even with having to deal with the Achilles tear later in his career, he didn’t lose a step. Leary came back and was still a very valuable piece of the Broncos offensive line.

Now the 30-year-old veteran is without a team and the Panthers are a great fit for him. He could help add quality depth following the 53-man roster confirmation and could be a great leader for the team.

The Panthers have two tremendous tackles in Russell Okung and Taylor Moton. They have a great leader and player at center in Matt Paradis. If they bring in Leary it will give them a very good offensive line to start the season.