Where could veteran safety Tre Boston end up after his release from the Carolina Panthers?
The Carolina Panthers have officially decided to part ways with safety Tre Boston. This decision was made in hopes to free up more cap space with the intention of signing new players this offseason to give the organization an edge in the extremely competitive NFC South.
Boston played five of his seven years in the NFL with the Panthers, including making an appearance in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
He was also one of the most seasoned veterans on the Panthers’ defensive secondary. The former North Carolina star’s leadership will be missed in the upcoming rebuilding seasons and it was a big call to let him go despite a down year in 2020.
Boston is one of the most underrated players in the NFL, which is further highlighted by Ben Linsey from Pro Football Focus.
"“He’s not a guy who is going to be lauded for his run defense, but Boston has shown some of the best zone coverage instincts in the NFL at free safety. Over the past three seasons, his 94.7 coverage grade ranks second at the position.“"
So what does this mean for the seven-season veteran? Here are three teams that could use Boston on their defense and could be potential landing spots in free agency.
Team No. 1
The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2020 season 4-12 and last in the NFC South. In light of clearing cap space for the 2021 season, they also released veteran safety, Ricardo Allen. and according to Yahoo News and Spotrac, this move saved the team $6.25 million.
The Falcons need to find a player who can replace Allen. Even if it is for a short time, signing Tre Boston to a one or two-year contract would provide some much-needed depth to Atlanta’s roster.
Boston has the speed and patience to make key plays. He would also be a valuable asset for assessing ways to defend against teams he has experience competing against in the NFC South, including his former team.