4 ways the Panthers can address backup RB spot in 2021

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Re-sign Davis

The clear answer the Carolina Panthers could go with is re-signing their current backup, Mike Davis. He was solid during the 2020 season while also picking up the slack for the injured Christian McCaffrey when it was needed most.

During his time as the team’s primary running back last season, Davis rushed for 642 rushing yards and had six touchdowns. He was also an animal at breaking tackles, finishing the campaign with 21 broken tackles during a year that was easily the best of his career.

Having Davis as the backup would help McCaffrey in so many ways. The Panthers have not had a back like Davis over the past couple of seasons that they can go to when the All-Pro goes out for a couple of plays.

Simply put, Davis is the most reliable option they currently have as a backup.

Davis made $3 million on the final year of his deal in 2020 and he could be poised to make even more with some solid production under his belt. The Panthers re-signing him will depend on his asking price. However, Carolina needs to act fast, as other teams will be interested in him too.

The Panthers have some other key players looking for an extension this spring. It will be a tough move to re-sign Davis, but there does appear to be some mutual interest regarding a potential deal.