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Haason Reddick – Carolina Panthers DE/OLB

The Carolina Panthers picked up their blue-chip edge rusher to go opposite Brian Burns with the addition of Haason Reddick, who reunites with his former college coach Matt Rhule in the professional ranks on a one-year deal.

This could be a win-win for all parties involved if Reddick proves his 12.5-sack campaign with the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 wasn’t just a flash in the pan. If the former Temple star reaches double-digits once again next season, then it will give the Panthers’ defense a real shot in the arm and earn the player some big money in the process.

That’s what’s at stake for Reddick.

Nobody will know that more than the player himself.

Reddick is a high-character individual who is difficult to stop with early momentum. Carolina is expected to line him up as a defensive end with the option of standing up as an outside linebacker something else that is obviously worth considering.

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This is a low-risk, high-reward signing by the Panthers. If Reddick doesn’t work out as expected they can move on and look elsewhere next spring. But if the player shines working with Rhule once again, the sky is the limit for him, Carolina’s defense, and Burns.