4 players to sign in 2023 if Carolina Panthers don’t extend Matt Ioannidis

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Carolina Panthers could sign Dalvin Tomlinson

If Matt Ioannidis fails to meet some realistic targets, then it would be a surprise to see the Carolina Panthers offer him an extension despite the player working closely with Matt Rhule at Temple. And there is a scenario that could see the head coach removed from the equation next year in any case.

If the Panthers are looking for better alternatives, then Dalvin Tomlinson is another name worthy of consideration. The formidable defensive tackle left the New York Giants for the Minnesota Vikings in 2021 free agency and performed to a high standard despite Mike Zimmer’s men missing the postseason once again.

Tomlinson was one of Minnesota’s shining lights in 2021 en route to a 74.9 grade from Pro Football Focus. His presence against the run was a significant asset and there were times when the Alabama product flashed promise in obvious pass-rushing situations to further enhance his influence.

The next big contract Tomlinson gets will likely be his last. He’ll be 29 years old before the 2023 campaign and the Vikings might not have the financial resources to offer him the sort of deal he’s looking for.

The Carolina Panthers aren’t in a better situation given they’re projected to be around $30 million over the cap. But there are ways around cap constraints if this is something those in power want to do.