4 remaining weaknesses on the Panthers after Baker Mayfield trade
By Dean Jones
Do the Carolina Panthers have enough pass-rush depth?
Biding their time and striking a good deal for Baker Mayfield gives the Carolina Panthers options to strengthen elsewhere should the right opportunities come along. One area that they might look at for additional reinforcements is on their pass-rush, which lost Haason Reddick in free agency with little in the way of incomings to replace him.
This is either a supreme vote of confidence in Marquis Haynes and Yetur Gross-Matos, or Carolina dropped the ball. They did bring in Carlos Dunlap for a visit during the team’s mandatory minicamp, but nothing concrete emerged and the player left without a deal.
Dunlap would add a tremendous amount to the Panthers based on his production last season. Any new arrival would also take some heat off Brian Burns, who is bound to get more attention coming his way after nine sacks and a Pro Bowl selection in 2021.
According to Spotrac, the Panthers have $20.4 million in remaining cap space following the Mayfield trade. They have also signed all their draft class to deals besides quarterback Matt Corral.
Some cash needs to be kept for in-season moves. But there is a little leeway for the Panthers to bolster the ranks with a player capable of getting pressure consistently.