5 former Panthers players thriving with new teams in 2022 so far

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Stephon Gilmore – Former Carolina Panthers CB

One of the biggest talking points during the 2022 offseason was the situation between the Carolina Panthers and their two veteran quarterbacks out of contract. Donte Jackson and Stephon Gilmore were both on the lookout for new deals, with the organization opting to hand their former second-round selection the allocated funds rather than keep the All-Pro around.

Gilmore arrived via trade from the New England Patriots and although injuries hindered his influence, there was a lot to like about his lockdown capabilities and quiet leadership within the locker room. Despite stating he wanted to stick around and play closer to home, this fell on deaf ears and the South Carolina product joined the Indianapolis Colts, instead.

While the Colts are among the league’s biggest underachievers this season, the same cannot be said of Gilmore. Health is no longer an issue and the player is proving why he’s so highly regarded in league circles.

Gilmore is giving up 56.7 percent of his targets, has a 64.3 passer rating when targeted, grabbed two interceptions, and possesses an outstanding 79.5 grade from Pro Football Focus. Another Pro Bowl appearance is well within reach and there are clearly a few more good years left before his career concludes.

As for the Panthers, Jackson’s inconsistencies and inability to stay healthy came to the fore once again. Something that leaves many regretting Carolina’s thought processes when making this choice.