4 Carolina Panthers role players on course for extensions in 2023

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Cam Erving – Carolina Panthers OL

This might come as a surprise to some. But the 2022 Cam Erving is not the one that was stinking up the offensive line at left tackle during his opening campaign with the Carolina Panthers.

Erving was demoted into a backup role after failing to turn his career around. Releasing him wasn’t really an option considering the finances involved, but he’s been seldom seen on the field thanks to some dramatic improvements across the protection after a strong period of recruitment.

Rather than sulking within his changed predicament, Erving’s adapted well to his new role, becoming a mentor to the likes of Ikem Ekwonu and emerging as a trusted figure within the locker room for good measure.

Erving has also performed relatively well when called upon. That’s generally been when the Panthers come up with plays that require an extra offensive lineman, but it’s been encouraging nonetheless.

Now there is absolutely no way the former Florida State standout sticks around on his current salary. Erving might also examine his options and see if there is a better chance of starting elsewhere, however unlikely that might be.

If Erving is happy with his current role in Carolina and is willing to accept a reduced deal, then the benefits of keeping him around to solidify depth should be considered.

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