5 free agents the Panthers should sign for added camp competition in 2022

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) A.J. Klein
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(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) A.J. Klein /

Carolina Panthers could sign A.J. Klein

The connection between the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills has grown exponentially over the last few years. But one has benefitted far more than the other.

Many players, coaches, and front office figures have spent time with both organizations. The introduction of Sean McDermott as head coach and Brandon Beane as general manager propelled the Bills to heights not seen since the 1990s.

If the Panthers want to extend this connection, then signing A.J. Klein before training camp could be beneficial. The second-level defender is no stranger to Carolina having started his career with the franchise and was also part of the 2015 team that enjoyed a phenomenal campaign before falling short in the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos.

Klein might be at the tail-end of his time in the league, but his experience and winning mentality would be of significant use to the Panthers in an area of the field that’s been sorely lacking consistency since Luke Kuechly retired.

Nothing would be guaranteed for Klein, obviously. But the former fifth-round pick out of Iowa State might be able to offer something a little different when it’s all said and done.

With 449 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 43 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, 20 passes defended, and four interceptions throughout his stint in the NFL, Carolina could do far worse the reconnect with Klein in the lead-up to training camp.

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