5 big questions facing the Carolina Panthers at quarterback in 2021

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Are the Carolina Panthers done acquiring QBs?

The Carolina Panthers have been incredibly active in terms of recruitment since general manager Scott Fitterer took over. His “in on every deal” statement upon arrival has been backed up by pursuing almost every avenue possible to make the team better, including some expert draft board management to pick up 11 selections and get their 2022 fourth-rounder back they sacrificed in the Sam Darnold trade.

There does appear some speculation that the Panthers might not be done in the quarterback market if the right opportunity comes along.

In particular, the ongoing situation surrounding Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.

Some obvious and serious legal complications are rightfully putting teams off acquiring the NFL’s passing leader in 2020. Even though the Texans are now more willing to let their star player leave for astronomical compensation.

The difference between Watson and Darnold from a talent standpoint is night and day.

However, with things the way there are currently with the Clemson product, Carolina might be willing to go into the new season with Darnold and keep an eye on developments when it becomes clearer.

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Watson would turn the Panthers into legitimate contenders. But things must improve off the field and in a satisfactory fashion before this becomes a realistic proposition.