5 former Panthers players who will thrive on new teams in 2022

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"(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) Andrew Norwell"

Which former Carolina Panthers players look set to thrive on new teams when the 2022 season gets underway?

It’s been a busy start to free agency for the Carolina Panthers, with some veterans leaving for pastures new, others extended, and plenty of incoming recruits that should strengthen problem positions. There is still much work to be done if the team wants to stand any hope of progressing next season, but they are off to a solid start, at the very least.

This week’s focus has been primarily on the 2022 NFL Draft, with the Panthers traveling up and down the country to take in pro days from some of the top quarterback prospects entering the league this year. Whether they will take one is yet to be determined, although the chances are higher now than ever before.

It won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination. But there is at least some form of optimism providing the Panthers find themselves a starting-caliber left tackle and a potential upgrade on Sam Darnold before competitive action begins.

As for those who once wore the famous black and blue uniform, here are five Panthers players who will thrive on new teams in 2022.

Player No. 1

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Andrew Norwell – Former Carolina Panthers OG

There was a notable reunion in free agency when Andrew Norwell accepted an offer to join Ron Rivera on the Washington Commanders. The offensive lineman came of age under the head coach during their time with the Carolina Panthers and they will be hoping things are just as profitable this time around.

Norwell left the Panthers for the Jacksonville Jaguars on a big-money deal. Although the team didn’t enjoy any real success, the guard was still performing at a high level and should provide some stability for newly-acquired quarterback Carson Wentz to work.

Rivera has bet a lot on Wentz turning his career around. Signing an experienced protector such as Norwell should help his cause enormously.