5 defensive free agents for the Carolina Panthers’ wish-list in 2022

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Bryce Callahan – CB

  • 2021 team – Denver Broncos

There is a great deal of excitement surrounding the Carolina Panthers’ cornerback unit next season. The arrivals of No. 8 overall selection Jaycee Horn and free-agent A.J. Bouye mean things are finally looking up for a positional group that struggled to make a lasting impression in 2020.

Couple this with a healthy Donte Jackson and the intriguing skill set of Keith Taylor Jr., and it’s not hard to see why expectations are high for this group of cornerbacks.

However, with Jackson and Bouye both out of contract next spring and the progression of Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas-Oliver III far from guaranteed, it might force the Panthers into landing one of the top free agents to avoid losing any momentum generated during the upcoming campaign.

If this scenario comes to fruition, Bryce Callahan should be high on their list of possibilities.

The player has carved out a successful career for himself after going undrafted out of Rice, performing extremely well for the Chicago Bears before eventually moving on to the Denver Broncos.

Callahan enjoyed a sensational 2020, giving up just 28 receptions from 52 targets on his way to an eye-catching 84.1 grade from Pro Football Focus. If the Panthers cannot keep Jackson and Bouye, this is an option well worth considering.