4 immediate offseason objectives for the Carolina Panthers in 2023

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Carolina Panthers must extend Bradley Bozeman and D’Onta Foreman

If the Carolina Panthers want to continue with their smashmouth attitude, they have to keep Bradley Bozman and D’Onta Foreman.

Bozeman is one of the big reasons the Panthers ran the ball so effectively after trading All-Pro Christian McCaffrey. The former Baltimore Ravens lineman did not play during the first six weeks of the 2022 season, but from the moment he entered the lineup, Carolina controlled the line of scrimmage more often than not.

The physical center also avoids penalties and costly mistakes. According to Pro Football Focus, Bozeman allowed only two sacks and committed four penalties in 12 starts. Combine this with his 100 percent snap count rate from Week 7 and he deserves to get paid.

Bozeman is also still in his prime at 28 years old. Meaning he will likely not decline for at least another three seasons at least.

The case for Foreman to be re-signed is simple. He was one of the best running backs in the NFL since replacing McCaffrey as the No. 1 option.

Foreman reached 914 rushing yards despite not playing much before the McCaffrey trade. And he was efficient, averaging 4.5 yards per carry while taking the majority of the workload.

The best thing a team can do for their quarterback and defense is control the running game. Bozeman and Foreman are essential contributors to Carolina’s rush attack.