Stay or go? Carolina Panthers 2021 free agents on offense

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John Miller – Carolina Panthers OG

  • Stay or Go? GO

Big things were expected of John Miller when he signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Panthers last year. But he failed to live up to this billing and was inconsistent at best during the season.

This is a positional group that needs a substantial makeover before competitive action begins in 2021, which will probably leave Miller on the outside looking in.

Chris Reed – Carolina Panthers OG

  • Stay or Go? GO

Chris Reed showed some encouraging signs when he was interested in the starting lineup after a spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list and there were plenty of nice moments in run support. However, his lack of awareness or productivity on passing downs really hurt the Carolina Panthers throughout the campaign, and it would be a big shock if the lineman got a new deal.

Michael Schofield – Carolina Panthers OG

  • Stay or Go? GO

Another player who failed to make the most out of a big opportunity in 2020 was Michael Schofield after he joined late in free agency after being released by the Los Angeles Chargers.

It’s easy to forget the veteran was a day one starter at guard thanks to Dennis Daley’s injury, but it didn’t take long for his influence to wane and his lack of involvement before injuries took their toll late in the campaign was a damning indictment of what the coaching staff thought of his dependability.

Tyler Larsen – Carolina Panthers C

  • Stay or Go? STAY

Regardless of what the Panthers decide to do with Matt Paradis this offseason, they will still need a backup for any new starter coming in and this is a job Tyler Larsen can fill.

Every team needs hard-working veterans like Larsen who can slot in when needed. And he would no doubt welcome another short-term deal to remain in Carolina.