5 best Carolina Panthers players who spent one year in town

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Who are the five best Carolina Panthers players throughout history who only stayed with the organization for one season at that particular time?

While most focus on the huge splashes during NFL free agency, one-year deals can prove to be vital to a team’s success in the following season. Players on a one-year “prove it” deal may work extra hard to be productive enough to land their next big contract. Veterans with something still left in the tank can be impactful on and off the field to a young locker room that is learning how to win,

Like many teams, the Carolina Panthers have benefited from signing a talented player on a short-term deal such as this. The list includes players that had huge contributions on teams that made deep playoff runs, while other signings managed to be very productive on non-playoff teams.

Some in the media had questions when Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ front office signed Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown to one-year deals last season. But both players had major roles in their sensational playoff run that ended with a Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Free agency is far from over and there’ still plenty of time for the Panthers to make moves to boost their chances in 2021. Whether or not this team is playoff-ready is debatable, but getting the right guys on an inexpensive one-year contract in the current climate could pay dividends for this group.

Without further ado, here are the five best one-year signings in Carolina Panthers history.