5 players who could follow Frank Reich to the Carolina Panthers in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could sign Yannick Ngakoue

Another area the Carolina Panthers need to strengthen this offseason is their pass rush opposite Brian Burns. The departure of Haason Reddick left a gaping hole that Yetur Gross-Matos was unable to fill, so finding alternatives with proven production in free agency or from the college ranks is almost guaranteed.

Obviously, going to the draft route represents the cheapest option. However, if the Panthers free up enough funds to go after a marquee veteran, then Yannick Ngakoue is someone to monitor.

The explosive edge defender signed for the Indianapolis Colts in 2022 after a standout campaign with the Las Vegas Raiders. This was exactly what the player needed after things went sour quickly on the Minnesota Vikings and his previous connection to Frank Reich could work in Carolina’s favor if he’s identified as someone of interest.

Ngakoue has a lot of good football left at 27 years old and already has 65 career sacks to his name. The benefits of bringing the one-time Maryland star to Carolina are evident, but finances could prevent such a move from coming off when push comes to shove.

According to Sporac, Ngakoue is expected to command $14.8 million annually on a four-year, $59.24 million deal. Considering the deep class of edge rushers entering the 2023 NFL Draft, the Panthers might look the other way unless a team-friendly deal can be secured.