4 former Carolina Panthers players that could return in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could target James Bradberry

James Bradberry‘s holding call is the talk of the town right now. While this had a significant impact on the overall outcome of Super Bowl 57, it does not detract from what an outstanding campaign the cornerback achieved with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022.

Bradberry’s partnership with Darius Slay was among the league’s most prolific. His assurance in coverage was nothing short of exceptional, giving up just 45.3 percent of targets thrown his way and a lowly 51.3 passer rating for good measure.

The Carolina Panthers allowed Bradberry to walk in 2020 free agency for the New York Giants. As it turned out, this was the first of many huge errors from Matt Rhule that became the catalyst behind his ongoing mismanagement.

With the Philadelphia Eagles having plenty of mouths to feed regarding new deals, there might not be enough to keep Bradberry around. And the Panthers need cornerback help after Donte Jackson tore his Achilles last season.

Couple this with the inconsistencies of C.J. Henderson and Keith Taylor Jr., the need becomes especially urgent. But much will depend on whether Bradberry wants to go back to a team that deemed him unworthy of a bumper contract extension before he joined the Giants.

Again, the prospect has been enhanced by Rhule’s enforced departure. Although there will be countless other teams also in the mix if the Eagles and Bradberry mutually part ways.

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