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

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DEE FORD. 5. player. 42. . DE. San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers should monitor Dee Ford

Cutting Dee Ford would save the San Francisco 49ers a little more than $1 million. Not exactly a grand sum, but it would bring an end to a largely unsuccessful stint with the organization.

There was plenty of fanfare and expectation when Ford joined the Niners. Things looked promising for the former first-round pick after a 6.5-sack season in 2019, but things have fallen completely off ever since and it might be best for both parties if they go their separate ways.

Ford has turned out just seven times over the last two campaigns. He is also on the wrong side of 30 years old now and it’s worth remembering that San Francisco drafted Drake Jackson to take his place in the starting lineup.

As stated previously, the Carolina Panthers might be on the lookout for a prominent pass-rushing option. Yetur Gross-Matos and Marquis Haynes will get a chance, but Ford represents a nice contingency plan in the event he is sent to the free-agent scrapheap.

It seems like an age since Ford took the NFL by storm to secure 13 sacks for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. Something that earned the player a deserved Pro Bowl distinction.

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Although it’s unlikely that the Auburn product can ever get himself back to this sort of form, his experience would be a major asset. Even if it was only from a rotational role, initially.