4 free agents the Panthers must consider after Marquis Haynes injury

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Carolina Panthers should consider Carl Nassib

Carl Nassib made headlines last summer by coming out as the NFL’s first openly gay player. Breaking a barrier and stigma that had enveloped the league for decades.

While the defensive end was widely praised by almost everyone, he wasn’t brought back by the Las Vegas Raiders during free agency and no team has picked him up with just a few short weeks until the regular season gets underway.

Nassib proved to be a useful asset to the Raiders’ rotation. It’s also worth remembering that the Penn State product gained 12.5 sacks in two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before switching to the desert.

Anything like this level of performance would be huge for the Carolina Panthers if they identified Nassib as a player of interest. They are dangerously short of viable options if Marquis Haynes misses time and at 29 years old, the 2016 third-round pick feels like he has plenty left to give the game.

"“The best scenario for me is, like, the best opportunity to show what I got. Got a lot in the tank.”"

As stated previously, the Panthers need someone that has a proven pedigree. And they could do far worse than look in Nassib’s direction in pursuit of immediate assistance.