Carolina Panthers secondary a fine mess. Now what?

Life comes at you fast. Not too long ago the Carolina Panthers trade of Daryl Worley and subsequent agreement of terms with Bashaud Breeland seemed like a brilliant move.  Then, news came of Breeland failing his physical leaving the Panthers with only one starting caliber corner.

In a vacuum that isn’t too bad of a situation. Unfortunately, when you throw in the Panthers also needing a starting caliber safety, the situation becomes much worse. Marty Hurney 2.0 sure does have his work cut out for him, but all hope is not lost.

Having to draft another corner to start for the Carolina Panthers roster may be too large a pill to swallow. Having drafted four corners in the past two drafts, youth is needed in other areas. The Panthers quietly have one of the oldest rosters in the league, but one of the youngest cornerbacks groups.  Signing a starting caliber free agent is still a strong possibility here, and likely the route the Panthers will go.

I’d like to see the Panthers bring in former Saints corner Delvin Breaux. Displaced by the Saints rookie sensation Marshon Lattimore, Breaux is a good enough player to hold the line opposite James Bradberry. At 28 years of age, Breaux should still have  few quality years left.

At safety, the Carolina Panthers have the opposite problem. They are old, very old. The only starting safety on the roster is Mike Adams who will turn 37 this month. An injection of youth is needed, and not a fifth round draft pick. The Panthers must finally address the safety position in a meaningful way, and that means investing a first or second round draft pick.

I don’t see a first round safety in our future, as any selection at 24 would be a reach. I look for Marty Hurney to address the safety position in round 2, where real value can be found. There are at least two starting caliber prospects that can come in and contribute immediately.

Jeremy Igo is owner of Carolina Huddle. Based in Charlotte, he has covered the Carolina Panthers for over a decade.