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Carolina Panthers could sign Yannick Ngakoue

It's no secret that the Carolina Panthers need another edge rusher to go alongside Brian Burns. While there's a chance Marquis Haynes Sr. and Yetur Gross-Matos can benefit from Ejiro Evero's 3-4 base scheme and improved coaching, nobody could say with any great guarantee.

A one-year prove-it deal is a great way to get maximum value from a late free-agent signing. Generally, we all know a team can always have a few more pass rushers.

Yannick Ngakoue, who's posted 19.5 sacks over the last two seasons, may feel he deserves a long-term contract. But teaming the prolific edge weapon with his former head coach Frank Reich could lead to a productive year.

Reich was highly complimentary of Ngakoue during their brief time together on the Indianapolis Colts. And from a pure pass-rushing perspective, this move makes a ton of sense.

There are some complications. Ngakoue isn't the most consistent when it comes to setting the edge on running downs - something that is an essential trait in players that normally thrive in Evero's system.

Again, this all comes down to how the coaching staff sees things after a few training camp practice sessions. But there's a chance Ngakoue could be off the market by then with others also looking for help.