4 Panthers players who could benefit from Scott Fitterer’s arrival
By Dean Jones
Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT
Considering how much general manager Scott Fitterer was preaching about putting together solid play on both lines as the key to a potential playoff push for the Carolina Panthers, then it virtually guarantees that Taylor Moton won’t be walking out of the door this offseason. The stud right tackle is one of the best you’ll find anywhere in the NFL at what he does and few would argue he isn’t deserving of a bumper deal before free agency begins.
There does need to be some maneuvering from a financial standpoint to get a deal done. This might have been easier had the salary-cap gone up rather than down, but teams across the league will just have to get on with it and hope things get better in 2022.
Moton played every snap for the Panthers in 2020, giving up three sacks and conceding two penalties on his way to a lofty 81.2 grade from Pro Football Focus. This was the third highly productive campaign the former second-round pick has put together, and Fitterer simply cannot let his best protector test the market considering the changes that are coming in other positions.
This isn’t going to be cheap. Moton is expected to command an annual salary of $14.7 million on a five-year, $73.8 million deal by Spotrac. Make no mistake, the player is worth every cent and especially if Fitterer wants to enhance their chances on the line of scrimmage moving forward.