4 NFC East free agents that could take the Panthers to the next level

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With free agency around the corner, what free agents should the Carolina Panthers target from the NFC East?

Free agency is only a few short days away and the cuts have already started. With the Carolina Panthers releasing veterans Kawaan Short and Tre Boston to clear room in the last couple of weeks and similar situations happening across the league. Now that all of these former stars or young role players are hitting the open market there are plenty of names to consider.

The Panthers may have had a disappointing season, but that was nothing compared to the dumpster fire that was the NFC East in 2020. Each of the four-storied members of the division had issues in one way or another, be that injury, bad coaching, or just bad luck. When a team can make the playoffs at 7-9 without a quarterback like the Washington Football Team did last year, something has gone terribly wrong.

After a year like that, the entire NFC East is evaluating their teams and what they have to give up. And who can blame them with only three wins against teams over .500 last year as a division?

With the trade of Carson Wentz and the release of Comeback Player of the Year Alex Smith, the Dallas Cowboys are the only member of the NFC East with a clear plan at quarterback for the future.

While the defense of the Washington Football Team carried them to the playoffs last year, there is only so much a team can do without a good signal-caller. A similar case can be made for both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants needing time for their young leaders to develop.

This means that with the exception of a blockbuster trade or a leap in productivity by one of those young quarterbacks, the majority of the division is at least a year away from true contention. The implication being that these organizations will be looking to get younger and long-time veterans will be searching for a contender to leave for.

With that out of the way, here is one player from each team the Panthers should consider bringing in.