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Taylor Moton needs a contract extension at the earliest opportunity

This might be something that plenty associated with the Carolina Panthers already know. But Taylor Moton needs to be extended at the earliest possible chance.

The right tackle was at his brilliant best throughout their first win of the campaign, providing an assured presence on one side of the field that eventually ended with Joey Bosa taking his chances on the other side of the line due to the Russell Okung’s availability.

Moton was nothing short of phenomenal. He has propelled himself over the first three games into the conversation of best players at the position and the Panthers will not want to lose the player in free agency next spring.

The former second-round pick has displayed a level of consistency from the tackle position not seen on either spot since the retirement of Jordan Gross. Moton has a rare blend of size, strength, and flawless technique that makes him incredibly difficult to get around.

If the decision-makers were in any doubt as to Moton’s importance during this period of transition, then there is now absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind.

Spotrac expects the lineman to command an annual salary of $16.3 million per season, which has risen by $2.3 million from their preseason projection such has been the standard of the Western Michigan product’s play over the first three weeks.