4 worst-case scenarios for the Carolina Panthers 2023 offseason

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What are some worst-case scenarios surrounding the Carolina Panthers heading into an important 2023 off-season for the franchise?

Hopes are high that this could end up becoming a hugely productive offseason for the Carolina Panthers. Frank Reich is making some outstanding additions to his coaching staff and with general manager Scott Fitterer handling personnel, rash moves could be a thing of the past.

This approach didn’t do Matt Rhule any favors and left the franchise in tatters before Steve Wilks steadied the ship. David Tepper is also at fault, but he is at least learning from previous errors and leaning more on the trusted football men within the building.

There is a lot of hard work ahead before the 2023 season begins. What decisions those in power make will have grave ramifications on their short and long-term aspirations.

Hopefully, everything will go smoothly. But here are four worst-case scenarios Carolina could face in 2023.

Worst-Case Scenario No. 1

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Carolina Panthers and Brian Burns clash over contract

Extending Brian Burns to a long-term deal should be among the biggest priorities this offseason. The Carolina Panthers resisted the temptation to trade the defensive end before the deadline, so the player has plenty of leverage heading into upcoming talks.

Burns was the only consistent pass-rusher last season, gaining 12.5 sacks and earning his second-straight Pro Bowl appearance. Carolina is going to shell out a significant sum and they can ill afford unnecessary complications that make the player unhappy.