5 free-agent LBs for the Panthers to consider after Shaq Thompson scare

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Avery Williamson

  • 2020 team – New York Jets/Pittsburgh Steelers

The Avery Williamson trade didn’t go according to plan for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. His production wasn’t the worst in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but the team obviously made their mind up to go in a different direction in pursuit of making the playoffs once again in a highly competitive AFC North.

Williamson spent the first part of the campaign on the New York Jets, where he was working his way back from injury. Those at MetLife Stadium decided to pick up some extra draft capital rather than keep him around and he is still on the lookout for a new opportunity at this stage of the preparation period.

This is something the Carolina Panthers could offer if they choose. The former Kentucky player did manage 15 games last season after missing the entire 2019 campaign, so it appears as if the injury complications could be a thing of the past.

His high football IQ and ability to be around the ball consistently could be of use. Williamson has gone over 100 tackles four times in his career and has shown a capability to generate pressure in opposing backfields with 15.5 sacks over seven years.

It’s unlikely Williamson would be demanding much from a financial standpoint. Having the chance to make a roster is more important at this juncture.