The Carolina Panthers need positions filled for the 2023 season and the free agents in that class can mend the gap, and result in a better team.
Positions like offensive line, defensive line, quarterback, and running back are a few positions Carolina could fill via free agency.
Earlier it was reported that the black and blue own the second-highest cap space in the NFL with a little over $25 million. With Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey being personnel to watch for Carolina, now it is time to focus more on free agents that can mend other needs or bolster things.
Here is three positions Carolina must fill, in no order.
Carolina boosted the o-line in 2022 free agency with Austin Corbett and Bradley Bozeman. The latter only inked a one-year deal, so if he impresses the Panthers, he could return.
The 2022 NFL draft saw Carolina take Ikem Ekwonu at number six, so he could make the line better heading into 2022.
If the offensive line is still a problem, and it is likely, then Carolina again should make the line a priority.
Carolina could go for the big names like Quenton Nelson, Orlando Brown Jr., or Elgton Jenkins as all of them set to be free agents in 2023.
Other names that may not be as flashy, nor demand as much money would be Rob Havenstein, Jack Conklin, Isaiah Wynn, Mike McGlinchey, and George Fant. All offensive tackles can improve the line.
A young core that consists of Brian Burns, Derrick Brown and Yetur Gross-Matos could be improved through an addition.
While it is important to note that Matthew Ionnidis is a free agent in 2023, there are options Carolina can add with this heavy space.
Stephon Tuitt, Brandon Graham, and J.J. Watt are the big names in the free agency. These players will command a hefty price, but if Carolina sees the need to invest heavily in the d-line, then there are talented players that immediately make the Panthers fierce.
Highlighted this earlier in the Sam Darnold portion of another article, but it’s worth noting again.
The huge contract Darnold owns, and him being a free agent in 2023, this will certainly be a position Carolina must fill.
The only reason this may not be solved in free agency is because the Panthers are grooming Matt Corral as the future field general.
The only way Carolina takes a quarterback is it does not believe in Corral anymore and it goes big on Lamar Jackson or Jimmy Garoppolo. If not that, then maybe a backup in a guy like Andy Dalton or Jacoby Brissett.
Carolina owns over $25 million that it can use to improve a team in a few ways
As the season progresses, the needs should become clearer, and this should influence Carolina on what to focus on heading into a loaded 2023 free agency class.