5 quarterbacks the Carolina Panthers should avoid in 2023

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) Jimmy Garoppolo
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Which quarterbacks should the Carolina Panthers avoid in 2023 as they look to finally solve their long-term riddle at football’s most important position?

Although there are still six games remaining for the Carolina Panthers in 2022, fans are already turning their thoughts to what promises to be another dramatic offseason for the franchise. A new head coach could shake things up if team owner David Tepper decides not to move forward with Steve Wilks, who’s done relatively well in extremely difficult circumstances since replacing Matt Rhule after a Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Much has also been made about the quarterback position and the need for Carolina to finally find a long-term answer. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and P.J. Walker are all pending free agents next spring, which leaves the Panthers with only Matt Corral under contract next season.

This is a complication that cost Rhule his job and leaves the Panthers facing another critical decision under center. And make no mistake, after so many failed personnel moves since Cam Newton’s controversial release, the next transaction must be correct.

With this in mind, here are five quarterbacks the Panthers should avoid when the time comes in 2023.

Quarterback No. 1

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(Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports) Gardner Minshew /

Carolina Panthers should avoid Gardner Minshew

There could be a few quarterback-needy teams next offseason taking a look at Gardner Minshew. The quarterback flashed as a starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars before they took Trevor Lawrence, but he’s been relegated to backup duties behind Jalen Hurts on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Although Minshew would be cheap compared to most veteran quarterbacks, this represents another gamble that the Carolina Panthers simply cannot make after a series of grave errors regarding quarterback recruitment.