8 former Carolina Panthers still looking for a new team in 2021

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Tre Boston – S

One of the more surprising releases made by the Carolina Panthers this offseason was Tre Boston. The safety only signed a three-year extension following the 2019 campaign and despite his relatively poor production last time out, his influence within the locker room made him a shock cut before free agency began.

On form alone, Boston can have no complaints. He was simply lacking the cutting edge that made him one of the top performers in clutch situations in 2019 and the fact he’s still sitting on the market is a strong indicator that other teams felt the same way about his performances as Matt Rhule and the Panthers.

Players like Boston normally get snapped up right away in the hope they can turn things around. But this is not your normal offseason thanks to COVID-19.

Russell Okung – OT

Bitcoin king and prolific left tackle Russell Okung has reportedly generated some interest from the Kansas City Chiefs among others. However, there has been nothing concrete as yet, and the Super Bowl winner may be forced to wait until after the 2021 NFL Draft for the situation to be resolved.

There was nothing wrong with Okung’s production following his trade from the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020. He was accomplished protecting Teddy Bridgewater’s blindside and certainly looked like a good addition. But his injury problems were there for all to see and the Carolina Panthers need something a little more reliable moving forward.

Okung has made plenty of money throughout his career and also has a Super Bowl ring to his name following a successful stint with the Denver Broncos. The player’s motivation will obviously be crucial to any team looking to take him on, but he doesn’t appear willing to give it all up just yet.