5 questionable Carolina Panthers offseason moves in 2022

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Carolina Panthers let Haason Reddick walk

After betting on himself in 2021 free agency, Haason Reddick’s standout campaign for the Carolina Panthers last season made him one of the most coveted players on the market. The organization opted not to offer the former first-round pick an extension, which prompted him to sign for the Philadelphia Eagles soon after the legal tampering period got underway.

Looking at Reddick’s three-year, $45 million deal that also came with a $13.75 million signing bonus and $30 million guaranteed, this is something the Panthers could probably have afforded if they truly wanted to keep the Temple product around.

As it stands, the roster will now move forward with Brian Burns and Yetur Gross-Matos as their starting edge tandem, with Marquis Haynes and perhaps Joe Jackson occupying key rotational roles.

There is a chance for Carolina to acquire a veteran pass-rusher remaining on the market if they choose. But replicating Reddick’s 11 sacks and overall influence on defense will be a tough ask.

Finding players who can consistently get after the opposing quarterback the way Reddick has done over the last two seasons are hard to find. It remains to be seen whether Carolina’s current options are capable of filling the void.