4 realistic goals for Panthers GM Scott Fitterer in 2023 free agency

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Carolina Panthers lay foundations for “sexy” draft

The Carolina Panthers spent the last three draft processes solidifying positions of need without ever taking the plunge on a franchise quarterback. Something that was often criticized as head coach Matt Rhule constantly went down the trade and free-agent route in pursuit of a viable solution under center.

That should change under Scott Fitterer. He’s made no secret of his desire to draft and develop a quarterback from the college ranks, which indicates Carolina’s days of gambling on veterans are mercifully over.

The plan seems simple. Whether that comes by trading up or taking their chances at No. 9 overall for a future signal-caller is the biggest talking point among analysts and fans right now.

Fitterer can make his life easier during the draft by bringing in some depth pieces and instant contributors in free agency should finances allow. This will set the front office figure up for the ‘sexy’ draft he promised when speaking after the 2022 season concluded.

"“This is the year that we go out, take some shots on more explosive (types) of athletes and players. That might be a little bit more of a sexy draft than just the nuts-and-bolts type draft. We’ll see how it goes. You never know what it’s going to look like. There’s a lot of work to do in the draft room and free agency. But we’re in a position now where we can take some of those shots.”"

Again, this sounds great. But for Fitterer to have this luxury, finding the correct veteran pieces must be attained beforehand when free agency commences.

Otherwise, it’s a promise he might not be able to keep.

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