5 free agents the Panthers should sign to strengthen their 53-man roster

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David DeCastro – OG

Perhaps the most surprising move of the offseason was the Pittsburgh Steelers moving on from veteran guard David DeCastro. But the veteran later confirmed he is facing surgery yet again on his ankle and may or may not attempt a comeback.

This is a very hypothetical situation for a team that could still use both starters and depth on the offensive line.  If DeCastro does want to attempt to resume his glittering career at any point during the season or to be signed while rehabbing, the Carolina Panthers should jump on the opportunity.

While there is certainly the risk of lost investment, DeCastro’s level of talent rarely comes available on the open market.

When it does, a bidding war ensues that often leaves Carolina out of the running.

DeCastro could help anchor this line next season if he is able to find his way back to full strength. A risk Carolina should be willing to take if the player gets the pitch to suit up one more time before officially calling it a day.

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At the very least, the Panthers should be checking in on a player who has the potential to make a middling offensive line good. Something that would benefit Sam Darnold and the team overall as it looks to mount a surprise playoff challenge in 2021 if everything clicks into place.