The Carolina Panthers could show interest in two players released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. In doing so, they could address immediate needs at safety depth and punter.
The release of backup strong safety Major Wright was a bit of a surprise. Wright spent two years in Tampa Bay and started 9 games. At 28 years old, he is still serviceable and could be an option for the Panthers as they continue to look for depth at safety. It is far from unusual for the Panthers to collect safeties from the roster of division rivals. Roman Harper from New Orleans and Thomas DeCoud from Atlanta come to mind recently. The Panthers could choose to take a look at Wright and keep that trend going.
The Buccaneers also released punter Jacob Schum. Schum isn’t the greatest NFL punter in the world, but he could be an upgrade on the Panthers current roster, sadly. Schum has averaged a net 39.5 yards per punt this preseason, which is better than Panthers punter Kasey Redfern (36.3) and even last year’s punter Brad Nortman (38.5). As you can see, picking up Schum may actually be an immediate upgrade for the Panthers.