4 free-agent safeties the Carolina Panthers could sign in 2023

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Carolina Panthers could sign Taylor Rapp

If Ejiro Evero wants to hit the ground running as Carolina Panthers’ defensive coordinator, he must get everyone on the same page within his new system. This is the biggest stumbling block that could prevent legitimate strides from being made in 2022.

Perhaps this could lead Evero and the Panthers into picking up players who are already familiar with his demands. Although there is enough athleticism and versatility across Carolina’s defensive options to keep complications to a minimum during the transition.

If this scenario comes to fruition, then Taylor Rapp is someone to monitor. The hard-hitting safety spent time working alongside Evero on the Los Angeles Rams and has enough solid production under his belt to ensure a large role could be in the offing if Jeremy Chinn gets the freedom to roam the field depending on specific situations.

Rapp has 330 tackles to his name in just four seasons, so he knows how to get around the football consistently. Something that Evero values highly at all three levels on defense.

The Rams might not have enough in the way of spare finances to give Rapp the contract he’s looking for. But much will also depend on how Evero perceived the player and his fit within Carolina’s current options.