5 Panthers players with expiring contracts who won’t be back

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Which upcoming free agents won’t be around the Carolina Panthers in 2021?

It has been a season full of twists and turns for the Carolina Panthers so far. Few expected them to be as competitive as they are currently, with their performances against legitimate Super Bowl contenders really catching the eye of late.

However, the NFL is a results-driven business and the team’s 3-6 record would indicate that much work still needs to be done. The Carolina Panthers are in the early stages of a pretty substantial rebuild and providing they can make the right sort of decisions during the next offseason, it might just lead to them becoming a playoff contender in 2021.

Carolina has some big decisions to make regarding contract extensions. The likes of Taylor Moton and Curtis Samuel are looking for big paydays and have showcased their ability to produce the goods in no uncertain terms this season. However, others haven’t exactly done themselves any favors when it comes to earning a new deal and it remains to be seen whether their time with the Panthers will be brought to a halt.

Let’s take a look at five Panthers players out of contract next spring who the organization probably won’t be bringing back.

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1. Trenton Scott – Carolina Panthers OT

The injury problems suffered by Russell Okung during the season have seen Trenton Scott get some playing time. But it’s clear he doesn’t appear to be a long-term solution to the left tackle position if the Panthers decided not to bring back a player they acquired via a trade that sent Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason.

Scott has been solid if not spectacular during 111 offensive snaps, giving up one sack and earning a 60.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. But his standing on the depth chart indicates another contract beyond this season appears unlikely.