4 Carolina Panthers players who will be on notice in 2021

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The Carolina Panthers put a lot of confidence in Tre Boston when they gave him a three-year, $18 million extension when they were parting ways with so many veteran players last year. His production in 2019 more than warranted such a deal, but what he’s showed since then has been deeply concerning.

Boston just wasn’t the same player. He didn’t have that same anticipation when it came to covering on the backend and his run support at the second level left a lot to be desired, for the most part.

Had it not been for his contract situation, Boston would be a prime candidate for release.

But the current financial situation across the league leaves little incentive for the Panthers to move him on.

The veteran is a hugely influential figure in the locker room, which cannot be understated on a young roster that was learning as they went in 2020. However, it’s clear that more will be needed from Boston next season and if things continue to start trending on a downward curve, Carolina will ultimately move on the player in 2022.

Boston has the right sort of character to turn things around. Putting an energetic playmaker like Jeremy Chinn alongside him at safety would help and this is something the Panthers are considering after the do-it-all defender starred at outside linebacker during his rookie campaign.