4 best-case scenarios for the Carolina Panthers in 2021 free agency

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Free agency is going to be more eventful than ever before, but what would be some of the best-case scenarios for the Carolina Panthers in 2021?

The time for legal tampering is almost upon us. Teams across the league can start negotiating with potential new recruits from Monday and the Carolina Panthers seem to have put themselves in a strong position to make some moves despite the current complications surrounding an eight percent reduction in the salary-cap.

Just how much activity the Panthers are going to undertake remains to be seen. New general manager Scott Fitterer is keen for Carolina to adopt a patient approach to free agency – which comes with its own set of problems if they wait too long – so it will be incredibly interesting to see which sort of players are targeted in the days and weeks ahead.

The Panthers made an eye-catching start to Matt Rhule’s reign as head coach, although it ended with a 5-11 record for the second straight year. However, things would have looked far different had Teddy Bridgewater not gone 0-8 on game-winning or tying drives in 2020, so Carolina might not be that far away if the right sort of individuals come on-board this offseason.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some best-case scenarios for the Panthers ahead of a pivotal 2021 free agency period.

Scenario No. 1

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Taylor Moton signs a long-term deal

The Panthers made a smart decision to place the franchise tag on stud right tackle Taylor Moton before he could hit the free-agent market. His level of production over the last three years has been nothing short of outstanding and letting him leave was simply not an option considering how many questions remain across the offensive line.

Moton has already signed his franchise tender, which indicates he is committed to the project currently taking place in Carolina.

Both sides are reportedly working on a longer-term commitment that might be reached before the 2021 deadline. This would tie Moton down to the organization for his best years and might even give them some additional wiggle room financially this offseason in the process, so it’s a win-win for both parties.