4 plug-and-play free agents still available for the Panthers

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  • 2020 team – Tennessee Titans

This is probably a position that the Carolina Panthers can strengthen during the 2021 NFL Draft. But if they are seeking some veteran assistance at safety following the release of Tre Boston, then looking in Kenny Vaccaro’s direction wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Another veteran sacrifice due to salary-cap constraints, Vaccaro played 13 regular-season games for the Tennessee Titans in 2020, in addition to their solitary contest in the playoffs. The former No. 15 overall selection was solid if not spectacular throughout the campaign, with his early departure more of a financial decision than anything else.

Vaccaro is no stranger to the NFC South having been drafted by and playing five years with the New Orleans Saints. So he’ll know plenty about the Panthers before even getting into the building.

This wouldn’t cost a tremendous amount of money considering how many veterans are currently looking for work. Although Carolina looks set to move Jeremy Chinn back to his preferred position on the backend, Juston Burris’ lack of consistency dictates more is needed.

If Vaccaro does end up with the Panthers and performs to a high level on a one-year deal, then it might just see the Texas product get one more lucrative contract heading into the twilight of his career.