5 free agents that could help the Carolina Panthers after Week 3

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Avery Williamson – LB

Jermaine Carter continues to establish himself as a potential long-term successor to Luke Kuechly. His level of production over the first three games has been pleasing and the Carolina Panthers made the right call selecting him as their MLB1 over free-agent signing Denzel Perryman.

If something should happen to Carter, the Panthers remain short of options unless they throw in the inexperienced Clay Johnston alongside Shaq Thompson and Haason Reddick at the second level. A move that might do more harm than good.

Getting someone on board with more experience in a professional game day setting might be a nice contingency plan. Avery Williamson is still looking for a home and represents a solid possibility if the money is right.

Williamson performed well for both the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers in recent years. But a series of injury problems have restricted his potential to a certain degree.

The Panthers seem content with what they have on defense, which is fine. Especially considering how encouraging the unit has performed so far.

They’ve done really well over the first three contests outside of the odd blip, but all it takes is one injury to upset the apple cart and this bears more significance regarding their linebacker depth.