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

(Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) Taylor Moton
(Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) Taylor Moton /
5 of 5
Carolina Panthers
(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Taylor Moton /

Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT

Pay Taylor Moton.

It’s as simple as that.

The Carolina Panthers cannot let someone like Moton leave. He is in the conversation of best right tackles in the NFL and given the fact he’s only just entering his prime, there is a strong chance the former second-round pick can get even better.

Moton has come up against some elite pass-rushers this season and coped with ease. His technique is flawless and this is matched by fierce competitiveness that makes the lineman a force to be reckoned with.

According to recent reports, there haven’t been any contract discussions between the Panthers and Moton as yet. Carolina rarely negotiates with any upcoming free agents during the campaign and although this is a dangerous strategy that has backfired on more than one occasion, it is not time to panic at the moment.

When it is time for all parties to move to the bargaining table, Moton is going to command some serious money on his next deal. Spotrac projects the Western Michigan product to make $14.7 million per season on a five-year, $73.8 million deal.

And make no mistake, he is worth every penny.

If Moton is allowed to walk, it should be instant grounds for the removal of general manager Marty Hurney. There could be as many as four changes to the protection this offseason, which makes it even more essential that the potential Pro Bowler is tied down long-term.