4 Panthers free agents who could still re-sign with the team

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Which former Carolina Panthers players still on the free-agent market could yet be brought back by the team for the 2021 season?

One of the more noticeable elements to the free agency period so far has been the small number of Carolina Panthers players brought back by the organization. This was to be expected when one considers the arrival of fresh ideas in the form of general manager Scott Fitterer, who has wasted no time in making his presence felt as the team looks to enter the postseason picture in 2021.

This means that the Panthers will have plenty of new faces on their roster by the time next season rolls around. It’s hard to look at their options currently and think they got worse in any way, although some key positions still need to be filled either by established veterans still on the market or by some exciting college recruits during the 2021 NFL Draft.

What decisions are made over the next few weeks will shape the landscape of things to come in Carolina. The franchise has made no secret of its desire to get more in the way of production from their quarterback and whether that’s Teddy Bridgewater or someone else is going to have some significant ramifications, either way.

There is also a chance Carolina brings back some of their current free agents when it’s all said and done. Here are the four most likely to re-join the team next season.

Player No. 1

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Julian Stanford- Former Carolina Panthers LB

Julian Stanford arrived a little late in the day to make his presence felt as a prominent starter last season. But he did play well on a rotational basis and also made his presence felt on special teams.

The Panthers will be getting back Jordan Mack and Christian Miller – who both opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 health concerns – with the additions of Haason Reddick, Morgan Fox, and Denzel Perryman providing a big boost to the front seven that was desperately needed.

If Carolina wants some veteran experience on the depth chart that can raise competition in camp, then Stanford would be a candidate at a minimal cost financially.