4 Panthers free agents in 2022 who could be cut this offseason

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Which 2022 free agents might be cut early by the Carolina Panthers?

There appears little doubt that the Carolina Panthers are facing another crucial offseason period in 2021. They look some way off becoming a contender and if the decision-makers don’t get their recruitment right, it could significantly derail their plans.

They do have a solid foundation from which to build a competitive roster. The Carolina Panthers have held their own against high-class opposition through ten weeks, but their disastrous outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last time out has only increased concerns regarding just how long this period of transition will actually last.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this roster is going to look far different by the time competitive action rolls around in 2021. Plenty of players are fighting for their futures down the stretch and this also includes both those out of contract next spring and individuals with a little more in the way of contractual security.

Let’s take a look at five Panthers players who are free agents in 2022 that might be shown the door early by the organization.

Player No. 1

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Stephen Weatherly – Carolina Panthers DE

  • Cap saving – $4.55 million

Stephen Weatherly was a big free-agent signing for the Panthers after a standout spell in a rotational role with the Minnesota Vikings. The defensive end was looking to become a prolific starter for the first time but he’s failed to meet these expectations.

Weatherly found it difficult to generate any meaningful pressure opposite Brian Burns and failed to register a sack before heading to the reserve/injured list that puts him out for the season. Things haven’t quite worked out as both parties would have hoped and a cap saving of $4.55 million might be a little too tempting to come down from Carolina’s viewpoint.