5 former Carolina Panthers players who could return in 2022

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Which former Carolina Panthers players could potentially make a return to the team in time for the 2022 season?

The Carolina Panthers are about to embark on one of the biggest free agency periods in franchise history. Matt Rhule is fighting for his job as head coach in 2022 and unless almost every decision made in the coming weeks pays off in a big way, then some landmark changes could be on the horizon if results don’t progress in Year 3 under his leadership.

Carolina has put itself in a good position to strengthen the ranks after restructuring the contracts of Shaq Thompson and Taylor Moton. This gives the Panthers around $31.3 million to spend, but they also have a number of key veteran pieces on the lookout for new deals that may or may not come.

It would be a surprise if the Panthers roster didn’t look far different next time around. There is also the possibility of some familiar faces coming back into the fold ahead of a make-or-break campaign.

With this in mind, here are five former Panthers players that could make a return to Carolina this offseason.

Player No. 1

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Tre Boston – Former Carolina Panthers S

Although he’s been away from football for a year now, the Carolina Panthers could be tempted to call Tre Boston and see if he’d be interested in coming back on a short-term deal. Juston Burris and Sean Chandler are both out of contract, so the organization might need some additional safety reinforcements to boost their depth chart in time for training camp.

One potential obstacle in this scenario is how vocal Boston has been on social media about the way things are being run. Something that probably won’t have gone down well with Matt Rhule considering how he likes to surround himself with players that don’t criticize his coaching methods.

This is a long shot. But Boston’s experience and locker room leadership could help if Burris and Chandler leave as anticipated.