4 veteran free agents the Carolina Panthers shouldn’t re-sign

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As stated previously, the Carolina Panthers simply have to get better from a protection standpoint if they want to become realistic playoff hopefuls in 2021 and beyond. Whether it’s Teddy Bridgewater, Deshaun Watson, or someone else under center, they won’t be able to utilize the outstanding weapons at their disposal if they are unable to go through progressions efficiently.

John Miller arrived in Carolina on a one-year, $4 million deal from the Cincinnati Bengals during free agency last year and things looked promising early on with an assured start from the player in a different environment.

However, things steadily progressed the campaign went on where Miller was concerned. His pass-blocking was a real concern and considering how much he was unable to assist on running downs, it makes letting him go this spring an easy decision to make.

There will be better and cheaper options available in the 2021 NFL Draft during what is expected to be an extremely deep class for offensive linemen. This is something Carolina must take advantage of and could see Miller on the outside looking in when it’s all said and done.

Miller gave up three sacks and an eye-popping nine penalties from 910 snaps on his way to a 61.1 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2020. This was disappointing production whichever way one looks at it and it would be a huge shock if the Panthers brought him back.