Which Carolina Panthers players could get released if the team decides to pick up reinforcements from the waiver wire before the 2022 season?
Even though the Carolina Panthers got their roster down to 53 players just ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, there could be more personnel moves to come. Plenty of intriguing individuals are currently sitting on the waiver wire that could be worth considering, with the team also looking for a new kicker after Zane Gonzalez was placed on season-ending injured/reserve after suffering a groin complication that requires surgery.
General manager Scott Fitterer is extremely aggressive when it comes to roster building. This was evident once again on Monday with the acquisition of Laviska Shenault Jr. and shipping offensive lineman Dennis Daley and a seventh-round selection to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a fifth-rounder.
This is always the worst part of the business. Players who think they’ve made it find out the day after their future is in tatters – which will be evident across the league if those in power feel like it will benefit their chances.
With this in mind, here are four Panthers players who could be cut for waiver wire pickups in the not-too-distant future.
Player No. 1
Stephen Sullivan – Carolina Panthers TE
The Carolina Panthers brought three tight ends onto their roster. Giovanni Ricci also made the team as a full-back/tight-end hybrid after impressing during camp and preseason games.
Stephen Sullivan has the physical attributes to potentially assist if Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble cannot make the necessary improvements. But there is a chance Carolina sacrifices the LSU product if a player of interest comes along in a position of need.
This would be harsh on Sullivan after a strong preparation period. However, the Panthers aren’t exactly in a position to have any sentiment when it comes to roster decisions.