5 underrated moves during the Carolina Panthers 2021 offseason

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Carolina Panthers signed Denzel Perryman

Moving forward without Luke Kuechly was always going to be a difficult proposition for the Carolina Panthers. The iconic linebacker was the heart and soul of their defense for so long, but to say things didn’t go according to plan in the first year after the perennial All-Pro’s retirement would be something of an understatement.

Tahir Whitehead’s free-agent arrival bombed out pretty early. Jermaine Carter solidified the second level’s interior when he finally emerged from Matt Rhule’s doghouse, but more will be needed if Carolina wants to realistically enter the postseason discussion in 2021 or beyond.

The Panthers wasted little time in strengthening this group in free agency with the signing of Denzel Perryman, a former second-round pick who has shown enormous promise during his career with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Perryman has a lot going for him.

However, staying healthy has been a problem for the Miami product due to the aggressive nature he plays every down.

Providing these health problems don’t resurface in Carolina, Perryman has the potential to completely transform a critical area of the field next season. A region fans took for granted when the likes of Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Jon Beason manned it so well in the past.

With Jeremy Chinn moving back to his preferred position of safety in 2021, Perryman’s arrival couldn’t come at a better time.