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This could also be an opportunity for the Carolina Panthers to bring back a popular member of the locker room who was released earlier this offseason. Tre Boston didn’t exactly perform up to the required standard in 2020, but he remains without a team and it could be worth bringing him on board for training camp with a view to earning a backup spot.

Boston was cut just before 2021 free agency as part of cost-cutting measures by the Panthers, who clearly thought Juston Burris would be a better option alongside Jeremy Chinn moving forward.

However, it remains to be seen whether Sam Franklin, Sean Chandler, or Myles Hartsfield can step in and produce the goods if either misses time during the campaign.

That would not be the case with Boston. The North Carolina product is familiar with the scheme and is a well-respected figure off the field, so the benefits are there for all to see.

It’s easy to forget that Boston’s outstanding production in 2019 earned him a new deal and also selection to Pro Football Focus’ All-Clutch team. Last season wasn’t what anybody hoped, but he could still become a solid piece of the depth chart and a prominent leader behind the scenes.

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This would be a popular move within the team’s fanbase. Boston’s days as a guaranteed starter might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play an important role as a backup option.