4 worst-case scenarios for the Carolina Panthers 2023 offseason

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Carolina Panthers cannot agree to terms with Bradley Bozeman

While all the talk right now centers on potential incomings ahead of free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers also have some tough choices surrounding those already on the roster. However, doing everything in their power to retain Bradley Bozeman should be a no-brainer.

Bozeman’s impact when finally introduced into the starting lineup was immensely encouraging. The former Alabama standout led by example and provided an upturn in consistency that was sorely needed, which further solidified an offensive line that came on leaps and bounds.

Continuity is everything in this key area of the field. James Campen is sticking around as offensive line coach under Frank Reich, which further strengthens Bozeman’s chance of an extended stay.

After signing a team-friendly deal in 2022 free agency, Bozeman deserves the going rate this time around. According to Spotrac, this could be in the region of $12 million per year.

Although this puts Bozeman in the top tier of paid centers league-wide, it’s nothing he hasn’t earned. But the NFL is a business and if the Panthers decided not to match his demands, the player would instantly become one of the most coveted free agents on the market.

Hopefully, it won’t come to this. Bozeman’s influence cannot be understated, so letting him walk would be disastrous.