4 players who could hold the Carolina Panthers to ransom in 2023

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Jeremy Chinn – Carolina Panthers S

Among all the draft errors Marty Hurney made during his second stint as general manager, moving up to acquire Jeremy Chinn in the second round was not one of them. The versatile weapon has been nothing short of exceptional from the moment he joined the Carolina Panthers and could be set for bigger things next season if further progress is made under new defensive backs coach Steve Wilks.

Chinn can do it all. There are times when he struggles in coverage, but the energy and instincts displayed by the former Southern Illinois standout indicate a first-ever Pro Bowl starting selection is not too far away.

The Panthers are sticking with Chinn at the safety spot and brought a new partner on board in the form of Xavier Woods in free agency. This represents a considerable upgrade and something the third-year-pro has yet to experience since arriving on the team.

There is no denying that Chinn has already outperformed his rookie deal. He stands to count $1.42 million against the cap in 2022, which increases slightly to $1.66 million in the final year of his deal.

Another significant increase in production would leave the Panthers with no alternative other than to hand Chinn a long-term, lucrative contract. Something the player should rightfully demand.