5 free-agent bargains still available for the Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers could sign Anthony Barr

Replicating the 11 sacks that Haason Reddick managed to attain during his one and only season with the Carolina Panthers will be difficult. Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes have to step up with increased roles expected, but finding another strong second-level presence might be beneficial depending on how things unfold during the preparation period’s early stages.

Anthony Barr is another that’s found life difficult due to injuries lately. But his athleticism and explosiveness could be a tremendous asset to the Panthers if the money is right for all parties.

Barr is a commanding force against the run and has been known to generate pressure consistently. He can operate as an outside linebacker or on the interior if needed – versatility that Carolina values heavily on defense based on recruitment since Matt Rhule took charge.

The former first-round pick out of UCLA notched 17.5 sacks, 495 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, 44 quarterback hits, 31 passes defended, and five interceptions over his 98 games with the Minnesota Vikings. This sort of production would be key for the Panthers during a critical third campaign for its beleaguered head coach, who is already facing questions about his long-term future.

Barr might be waiting around for a contender at this stage of his career. But the benefits of signing the player are there for all to see.