4 bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers 2021 offseason
By Dean Jones
What are some bold predictions for the Carolina Panthers as they embark on their first offseason period with new general manager Scott Fitterer?
It is going to be another critical offseason for the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Matt Rhule made a promising start to life in the NFL and seems to have the organization going in the right direction. But the decisions made over the next few months will tell us plenty about what we can expect from the team in 2021 and beyond.
Another intriguing factor that shouldn’t be overlooked is the appointment of general manager Scott Fitterer, who wowed owner David Tepper during a whirlwind interview process that saw a wealth of potential candidates brought in.
He comes from the Seattle Seahawks with a big reputation.
But the size of the task awaiting him is a steep one.
There is a solid foundation of exciting young players from which to build. However, the Panthers weren’t 5-11 by accident and much more will be needed if Carolina wants to realistically enter the postseason discussion at the earliest possible opportunity.
With that being said, here are four bold predictions for Fitterer’s first offseason period with the Panthers.
Bold Prediction No. 1
The Carolina Panthers will have 4 new OL starters
If there was ever a time for the Panthers to have a complete makeover of their offensive line, it is now. Extending Taylor Moton is sure to be priority No. 1 after another exceptional campaign from the right tackle, but there are plenty of doubts as to whether the four starters alongside him will be around by the time OTAs begin.
John Miller, Chris Reed, and Russell Okung are all out of contract and unlikely to be brought back. There is also the financial savings involved by releasing Matt Paradis despite the center’s play improving somewhat following a dismal 2019 campaign.
The 2021 NFL Draft is a deep one for both interior and edge protectors. This is something Carolina should take full advantage of and it could even result in four new starting players on the line of scrimmage next season.