5 most important free-agents for the Panthers to re-sign in 2021

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Which Carolina Panthers players are the most important to re-sign in 2021?

It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Carolina Panthers, which few didn’t expect going into the campaign. Substantial changes were made to the coaching staff and playing personnel to such an extent that both looked unrecognizable when competitive action got underway, which has also come with its own set of complications in 2020.

Make no mistake, there will be more drama this offseason for the Carolina Panthers. There have been plenty of positives to take away from the campaign to build on next time around. But it is vital that better reinforcements are brought in by the powers that be with more financial resources at their disposal.

Plenty of senior figures within the locker room are also looking for new deals next spring. The Panthers let most of their talented veterans walk in a bid to go younger and turnaround their fortunes earlier this year and it would be a huge shock if the same scenario presented itself in the coming months.

Here are the five most important Panthers players that need to be re-signed in 2021.

Number 5

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Mike Davis – Carolina Panthers RB

If Christian McCaffrey’s injury problems this season have taught us anything, it’s that the Panthers need a prolific backup who can step into the breach and ensure the offense doesn’t lose too much momentum if their star player misses time.

Mike Davis has proven more than capable of that this season. The veteran did have his questions going into training camp and some even speculated whether the running back would be on the roster at all thanks in no small part to his $3 million in base salary.

Instead, Davis has been invaluable for Carolina in McCaffrey’s absence. Much will depend on how much the player wants – and for how long – but the Panthers would be foolish not to at least try and extend him following a tremendous contribution this season.