4 QB starting options if the Panthers move on from Deshaun Watson

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Which quarterbacks could the Carolina Panthers go with as their starter in 2021 if they decide to move on from their attempts to land Deshaun Watson?

The Carolina Panthers are reportedly still interested in pulling off a bombshell trade for Deshaun Watson, even if the possibility is diminishing with every passing day. The civil suits regarding alleged indiscretions from the Houston Texans quarterback now stand in double-digits with more expected in the not-too-distant future.

This is something that the NFL is obviously taking very seriously and it is a situation that might get worse before anything else. Carolina’s plans have largely centered on getting the signal-caller from the Texans no matter what the cost, so this has thrown a significant spanner in the works, to put it mildly.

The Panthers need to finalize their plans sooner rather than later. A lot of teams across the league are looking for a new quarterback in the coming weeks, so putting all their eggs in Watson’s basket is going to do more harm than good.

Carolina has done some good work building other areas of the roster in free agency. But quarterback is the most important position on the field and until the Panthers get this right, they can only go so far.

With this in mind, here are four potential starting options for the Panthers if they eventually decide to move on from their pursuit of Watson.