6 Carolina Panthers players who won’t be around after the 2022 season

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After another season full of injury problems and inconsistency, it was a surprise to see Juston Burris get another deal from the Carolina Panthers this spring. However, the contract was team friendly and there won’t be anything like the same expectations on the safety this time around after Xavier Woods arrived in free agency from the Minnesota Vikings.

Woods is expected to fill in alongside Jeremy Chinn on the backend, which represents a significant upgrade and something that only enhances a strong-looking secondary at Carolina’s disposal next season.

That leaves Burris on the outside looking in, to a certain extent. Although the player could still earn a prominent spot on the rotation if everything goes according to plan in training camp.

Burris is a solid pro who has been dependable more often than not. But the Panthers are planning to take the next step in 2022 and few would argue that Woods isn’t a better option to partner with Chinn moving forward.

Much will depend on how Burris adapts to his new role and contributes to the defense and perhaps even special teams next season. But it would be unlikely to see the player get another extension next year and especially if the likes of Kenny Robinson and Myles Hartsfield make encouraging progress.