5 post-June 1 cut candidates the Carolina Panthers should monitor in 2022

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2. player. 57. . DE. Chicago Bears. ROBERT QUINN

Carolina Panthers should monitor Robert Quinn

This would be a major surprise. Robert Quinn was nothing short of outstanding for the Chicago Bears in 2021, with the defensive end once again displaying exceptional consistency en route to 18.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, and 34 pressures.

Quinn is now in elite company in the 100-sack club. Something that is a testament to his longevity and ability to continue producing the goods against some of the best offensive tackles in the business.

If the Bears ended up releasing Quinn to save themselves $12.9 million against their cap, it would likely spark a bidding war for the player. It would also fill a need for the Carolina Panthers after those in power decided to let Haason Reddick walk in free agency.

Slotting Quinn opposite Brian Burns on the defensive front would give Carolina a dynamic pass-rushing tandem to call upon. Although the team is pretty confident that Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes can step up and fill the void.

Chicago needs all the help they can get next season. This makes releasing Quinn entirely a hugely controversial move and one that would cast significant doubt on their chances of making a better go of things in 2022.