5 first-year Carolina Panthers players who could be gone in 2023

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Matt Ioannidis – Carolina Panthers DT

When the Carolina Panthers picked up Matt Ioannidis following his release by the Washington Commanders, there was a sense of trepidation. Mainly because so many former Matt Rhule college players failed to meet expectations.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Ioannidis.

The defensive tackle became a stable presence alongside Derrick Brown. Although there were some injury complications, the player’s production was decent considering he became lost amidst all the first-round selections on Washington’s front seven.

Ioannidis signed a one-year deal last spring. For continuity purposes, it would be prudent for the Panthers to keep him around, but much will also depend on how the new coaching staff perceives his importance working in partnership with general manager Scott Fitterer.

There are also financial ramifications to consider. Ioannidis might be out of Carolina’s price range depending on his demands, so a scenario could emerge where the Panthers go in a different direction entirely.

This would leave the Panthers short of reliable options on their defensive front. Of course, picking up options via free agency and the draft often occurs, but Ioannidis did enough for a short-term extension at the very least.