4 positional priorities for Panthers after first wave of 2021 free agency
By Dean Jones
Although the Carolina Panthers did give a big shot in the arm to their front seven with the signings of Haason Reddick, Morgan Fox, and Denzel Perryman, they have some serious questions to answer regarding cornerback depth behind Donte Jackson.
The former LSU speedster definitely looked the part after recovery from a toe problem in 2020 and providing there are no further complications, it should result in further progression from the player in a crucial contract year.
However, who lines up opposite him is still up in the air. It doesn’t appear as if Troy Pride Jr. or Stantley Thomas-Oliver are ready for a prominent starting role just yet, with Corn Elder and Rasul Douglas on the free-agent market and may not be back.
Carolina did sign Rashaan Melvin to a one-year deal, but this is seen as more of a training camp body than anything else at this juncture.
This means the Panthers might be after two cornerbacks to slot on the depth chart with a view to making an immediate impression. The organization has enough in the way of spare cash to acquire one of the better veterans on the free-agent market, with some enticing options also available in the 2021 NFL Draft that come into consideration.
Things should be easier for Carolina’s secondary next season with more in the way of pass-rushing prowess on the roster. That being said, this position needs a makeover whichever way one looks at it and if the Panthers can get this right, then it’ll make all the difference.