What are the thinnest position groups on the Carolina Panthers heading into an important 2023 offseason for the organization?
There is a level of excitement surrounding the Carolina Panthers that the team has lacked since Cam Newton was elevating the franchise. Matt Rhule is finally gone and they could be the team to beat in the NFC South with Tom Brady retiring.
The Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are both in terrible cap situations and the Atlanta Falcons have fewer proven pieces than Carolina. It should be a two-team race and the Panthers have reason to feel they are in the lead.
Frank Reich is clearly a huge upgrade over Rhule, albeit one that Carolina didn’t necessarily have to pay for with Steve Wilks having an understanding of this roster. However, the Panthers significantly improved the head coach in comparison to last season and won’t have a hard time solidifying the quarterback all things considered.
Carolina’s outlook for the 2023 season should be simply 9-12 wins and returning to playoff contention. If that is going to happen, they must find ways to open up more cap space while dealing with a $28 million dead cap sum from Robbie Anderson and Christian McCaffrey alone.
With limited cap space, the Panthers are going to have to be very careful with which position groups to spend on in free agency and in the draft. On this subject, we examined the four weakest depth chart areas Carolina must reinforce heading into the 2023 off-season.