4 former Panthers players who needed a change of scenery in 2022

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2. player. 46. . CB. Indianapolis Colts. STEPHON GILMORE

Stephon Gilmore – Former Carolina Panthers CB

The Carolina Panthers swung for the fences with a trade for Stephon Gilmore last season. A move that came with ambitions to become a win-now team way before they were apparently ready.

Gilmore took his time coming back from a torn quad and his season did end prematurely through another injury. But his level of performance when in the lineup indicated the All-Pro cornerback had much more left to give heading into the twilight of his career.

Playing closer to home is something Gilmore clearly valued. The former South Carolina standout also become a real asset to young players such as Jaycee Horn and Keith Taylor Jr. during the early stages of their NFL development.

With that being said, Gilmore deserved the chance to finish his career on a team with better chances of contending. And once the Panthers re-signed Donte Jackson to a new three-year, $35.18 million deal, it was highly unlikely the 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year would get a prolonged stay.

Gilmore took his time before finding a new home, weighing up all his options with many clubs reportedly showing an interest. He eventually signed for the Indianapolis Colts, which is a tremendous fit and one that could have a positive impact on their expected playoff push.