4 roster moves that backfired on the Carolina Panthers in 2022

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Carolina Panthers blew another QB trade

One of the biggest talking points last offseason was which way the Carolina Panthers would go at quarterback. Releasing Sam Darnold and his $18.85 million fully guaranteed wasn’t an option, but there was some hope after they drafted Matt Corral and acquired Baker Mayfield via trade from the Cleveland Browns.

The decision to bring Mayfield on board was met with skepticism thanks in no small part to the failed personnel moves previously. Matt Rhule got in his own way by insisting on a quarterback position in training camp and this poor choice of approach was an obstacle the former Oklahoma sensation couldn’t overcome.

A bland offensive scheme led by Ben McAdoo, multiple batted passes, and no inspiration whatsoever saw Mayfield fail miserably. Something that also cost Rhule his job after Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers.

P.J. Walker and Darnold flashed under Steve Wilks. But this was and continues to be a major roster flaw that the Panthers cannot seem to overcome.

This cannot continue under a different coaching staff. Carolina needs a franchise guy under center and until this complex riddle resolves one way or another, the Panthers’ ambitions are restricted.

After the head coach is confirmed, this needs to become the team’s top priority. There is absolutely no doubt about that.

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