4 best-case scenarios for the Carolina Panthers 2023 offseason

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Carolina Panthers land a marquee TE

For all the encouraging aspects once Matt Rhule was mercifully relieved of his duties, the Carolina Panthers got very little from their tight ends in the passing game. Something that should be addressed as a matter of urgency by general manager Scott Fitterer before the 2023 campaign.

Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble might be high-quality blockers, but not having a consistent outlet continues to hold the Panthers back. This is something they haven’t benefitted from since Greg Olsen was at the peak of his powers.

The 2023 NFL Draft class has plenty of talent that could become long-term options. However, if the Panthers want to hit the ground running under Frank Reich, landing a marquee option in free agency should also be considered.

Much will depend on which players test the market. But there should be a few productive individuals there for Carolina if this is the avenue they choose to go down.

Players like Evan Engram, Mike Gesicki, Dalton Schultz, Robert Tonyan, and Irv Smith Jr. might be on the lookout for new homes. Any of these represents an upgrade on the pass-catching skills Thomas and Tremble bring to the table.

Adding a veteran tight end would also give any new quarterback a security blanket across the middle or in the red zone. Another important element to factor into this equation.