4 pros and cons to the Carolina Panthers signing Derek Carr

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Carolina Panthers get a solid bridge QB

Everything seems to be in place for the Carolina Panthers to challenge for the NFC South in 2023. Tom Brady is no longer a problem, but those in power need to solve their own quarterback complication with only Matt Corral considered a legitimate option for their 53-man roster currently.

Obviously, there will never be a better time for the Panthers to land a top prospect from the college ranks. However, it’s highly likely they’ll need to move up from No. 9 overall to secure a potential difference-maker.

Regardless of who comes in from the college ranks, Carolina might need a capable veteran until Corral or someone else is ready to assume command. This makes the chances of targeting Derek Carr more likely, even if it would cause division among the fanbase for good measure.

Obviously, this sort of situation wouldn’t be ideal for Carr.

The former second-round pick is unlikely to settle for a one-year, prove-it contract. Considering the robust market anticipated, offering a multi-year deal with guarantees to start is the only way this deal gets over the line.

Should the market be less intense for Carr, then the Panthers could offer him a bridge-type situation. This keeps his foot in the door and if he performs well under Frank Reich, a possible extension or big-money move elsewhere in 2024 is highly probable.