4 free-agent CBs to target after disappointing Week 1 display

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The Carolina Panthers might already be looking for additional reinforcements at cornerback following their poor display in Week 1.

It appears that the real concerns going into the 2020 season regarding the Carolina Panthers and their secondary is as advertised.

The team’s glaring deficiencies in this area of the field came to light in their 34-30 home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. This played a key role in their eventual demise and it is clear there is much work to do for the Carolina Panthers to get this relatively inexperienced group up to speed.

Although the defense overall was a problem throughout their opening weekend fixture, things could turn stormy very quickly if they do not show signs of life at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday. Quarterback Tom Brady started off life in a different environment with a loss to the New Orleans Saints in a pivotal early-season divisional matchup and the six-time Super Bowl winner will not want the same to happen during his home debut.

The likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, and Rob Gronkowski will be salivating at the prospect of coming up against Carolina’s secondary next weekend. It remains to be seen whether Donte Jackson is going to be ready to go after suffering an injury in the first quarter. But if he isn’t ready to go then it is going to be nothing short of a catastrophe.

Carolina’s decision-makers need to act quickly to prevent this situation from getting out of hand. They do have a little more than $7 million in salary-cap space remaining if they wish to pursue a veteran free-agent. And here are four names that should be on the shortlist.