5 free-agent cornerbacks the Panthers should target in 2021

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Quinton Dunbar

  • 2020 team – Seattle Seahawks

Nobody will know more about what Quinton Dunbar could bring to the Carolina Panthers than new general manager Scott Fitterer. They are his old employers and he was part of the Seattle Seahawks front office when the cornerback arrived with the organization from the Washington Football Team, so this inside knowledge will be invaluable in their decision-making on this particular player.

Dunbar only turned out in six games for the Seahawks in 2020, so there is a durability option to consider when examining his potential contribution. However, considering the needs Carolina has elsewhere, they might be forced to take a flier on someone like the former Florida standout on a short-term deal and hoping it works out.

It seems like a good fit. Dunbar is solid in man coverage and also anticipates where a quarterback is throwing extremely well. This is something the Panthers need opposite Donte Jackson and providing it doesn’t cost much in the way of finances, it’s a possibility that might be considered.

Another concern where Dunbar is concerned is his slight regression in 2020. Missing so much competitive action was always going to come with its fair share of complications. But this might also be just a bump in the road and one the player can turn around with a full offseason to get in shape and up to speed in a different environment.