4 high-risk free agents the Panthers could gamble on before 2022

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Which high-risk free agents remaining on the market could tempt the Carolina Panthers before things get serious in 2022? 

Although the Carolina Panthers have strengthened well throughout the offseason, there is still work to be done ahead of a crucial campaign in 2022. Some problem positional groups remain a concern and others with potential might not turn out as many anticipate.

That’s how finely things are balanced right now. The Panthers have a lot going for them in terms of talent, but it might be a while before Matt Rhule’s men become legitimate playoff contenders.

Carolina has some spare money available to pursue further targets in the coming weeks before they take the field in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. This could diminish significantly if another quarterback comes into the fold.

With this in mind, which high-risk free agents might the Panthers consider gambling on before the upcoming campaign?

Free-Agent No. 1

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Carolina Panthers could sign Jimmy Graham

When the time comes for Jimmy Graham to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame discussion, it could go either way. But there is no doubt the tight end was one of the league’s most dynamic players at the position at the peak of his powers.

The Carolina Panthers felt Graham’s wrath on countless occasions during his stint with the New Orleans Saints. His production regressed considerably on the Chicago Bears and the player’s best days are behind him, but it might be a risk worth taking with little in the way of financial commitment.

Carolina seems content in moving forward with Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble once again. Although the risk is high where Graham is concerned due to performance and injury concerns, the benefits could be vast within Ben McAdoo’s system.