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

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Bradley Bozeman – Carolina Panthers C

Before we discuss Bradley Bozeman, there is absolutely no doubt he earned himself a lucrative contract extension. The veteran center made a huge difference when installed into the starting lineup and the impact made across the community is another strong indicator of his selfless character despite signing a one-year deal in 2021 free agency.

Every team needs a leader like Bozeman. A focused, friendly, and highly-motivated individual that goes above and beyond to make others around him better.

Bozeman’s transition into the No. 1 spot after Pat Elflein’s serious injury was seamless. In 680 offensive snaps, the former Alabama standout conceded four penalties and gave up two sacks en route to a creditable 63.1 grade from Pro Football Focus, which was just a small part of what he contributed on and off the field.

Extending Bozeman should be among the top priorities this offseason. Something that becomes increasingly likely after the Carolina Panthers retained offensive line coach James Campen after a sensational first season with the franchise.

However, things are not always that simple. Bozeman’s is projected to command around $12 million annually according to Spotrac, which the Panthers might not be able to afford all things considered.