Which Carolina Panthers players will likely go their separate ways with the organization following the upcoming 2022 season?
The 2022 season is one of real importance for the Carolina Panthers. It’s been a frustrating period of underachievement for the organization since David Tepper assumed command, with many in the national media expecting this to continue once competitive action rolls around again.
Preseason predictions and a lack of confidence in their chances are something the Panthers cannot do anything about. What’s important for head coach Matt Rhule and his players is putting the right foundations in place to ensure they can be more competitive at the very least.
There is plenty at stake for some on the roster, too. Many are under the microscope due to poor performances and upcoming contract renewals, which might bring a sense of urgency that wasn’t there previously.
With this in mind, here are six Panthers players who might not be around once the 2022 campaign comes to a conclusion.
Player No. 1
J.J. Jansen – Carolina Panthers LS
This has nothing to do with J.J. Jansen’s production, which remains of a high standard despite his advancing years. But the team’s longest-serving player is now firmly in the twilight of his career and might decide to call it a day following the 2022 season.
The Carolina Panthers seemingly drafted Jansen’s replacement in 2021 when they spent a sixth-round selection on Thomas Fletcher. That might still be the case, but after spending his rookie campaign on injured/reserve there is just no telling for certain.
Much will depend on Fletcher’s development this offseason. But beating out Jansen to the job appears unlikely given how well he performed in his 13th season with the team.