6 potential cut candidates the Panthers could target post-camp

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Andre Smith – OT

  • Current team – Baltimore Ravens

The talent Andre Smith brings to the table is unquestioned. Although he’s now firmly in the twilight of his career, the offensive tackle could be of some use to the Carolina Panthers if they aren’t suitably impressed with their current options outside of stud right tackle Taylor Moton.

Smith opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19 health concerns, which he was more than entitled to do. However, this was followed by the No. 6 overall selection back in 2009 skipping voluntary offseason workouts with the Baltimore Ravens.

The player did turn up for mandatory minicamp, which was a bonus. But if Smith cannot show he’s not lost a step at camp then it might force the Ravens to go with alternative options despite trading Orlando Brown this offseason.

The former Alabama stud has operated as a right tackle during his career, although he did perform as a blindside protector for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019 – the last time anyone saw him on the field in a competitive setting.

This is where Carolina would need him to perform given Moton’s exceptional consistency over the last three years.

Much will also depend on the likes of Greg Little, Trenton Scott, Cam Erving, and Brady Christensen, who are all fighting for the starting job Russell Okung vacated this offseason after failing to alleviate injury concerns following his trade from the Los Angeles Chargers.