4 former Panthers who could still re-sign with the team in 2022

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Which former Carolina Panthers players could still re-sign with the team at some stage during the current 2022 offseason period?

Considering how poor the Carolina Panthers were in 2021, it was something of a surprise to see so many fringe players brought back this offseason. Continuity is obviously extremely important to the organization ahead of a campaign of critical importance for head coach Matt Rhule, who got a vote of confidence from team owner David Tepper in private but not in front of the media as yet despite a torrid run of results to end the season.

The Panthers identified problem areas and secured some eye-catching signings without committing too much financially. There could be plenty more drama to come during the 2022 NFL Draft or in the trade market, with a left tackle and quarterback needed before fans can start looking at their chances next time around with some additional optimism.

General manager Scott Fitterer churned over the roster plenty in training camp and during the season. His ‘in on every deal‘ mentality wasn’t just a catchy slogan and even though it didn’t bring much improvement in results, that won’t stop the influential front office figure from making more daring moves in pursuit of progression.

With this in mind, here are four former Panthers players who could still re-sign with the team this offseason.

Former Player No. 1

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Alex Erickson – Former Carolina Panthers WR/KR

The Carolina Panthers have a new special teams coordinator in Chris Tabor, who brings an exceptional amount of experience and success to the table. One thing the team doesn’t possess as yet is a consistent kick returner after not bringing back Alex Erickson, at least for now.

According to ESPN’s depth chart, Chuba Hubbard and Shi Smith are the two options at the present moment. This could bring complications and even though Erickson wasn’t a game-changing presence, his dependable hands are an often overlooked trait.

If Carolina cannot find another returner in free agency or the draft, then don’t be surprised if Erickson makes a return to stake his claim for a 53-man roster spot in training camp.