5 boldest moves during the Carolina Panthers 2021 offseason

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What are the most surprising moves made by the Carolina Panthers during a busy 2021 offseason period leading up to training camp?

It certainly hasn’t been a dull offseason period where the Carolina Panthers are concerned. Big moves and high drama behind the scenes were evident even before the 2020 campaign came to an end, which is pretty par for the course for the organization in recent seasons.

The foundations have now been laid for a successful future. The Panthers are loaded with young, dynamic talent and if the older heads on the roster steer them in the right direction, then significant progression could follow.

Whether more changes to the roster occur before their Week 1 opener remains to be seen. Training camp and preseason games will tell us plenty about what we can actually expect from the Panthers next season, with any regression sure to pile the pressure on head coach Matt Rhule in just his second year in the job.

That’s not to say he’d be on the hot seat. But team owner David Tepper is obviously getting tired of seeing losing football from his luxury suite at Bank of America Stadium.

Credit must go to Carolina for being aggressive across almost every area of their depth chart this spring. Finding the right formula on the field is now the primary objective, although there is still $10.33 million in salary-cap space at their disposal if they don’t like what they see initially.

With this in mind, we picked out the five boldest moves made by the Panthers during one of the busiest offseasons in recent memory.