Now that the initial flurry of free agency moves have died down, we settle into the territory the Carolina Panthers are more accustomed to. The highest priced free agents have signed bloated contracts with their new teams, leaving room for bargain shopping. I love a good bargain, and by golly so do the Panthers.
There are two moves in particular we could see this week. Both could contribute immediately to a roster littered with holes.
Willson or Ebron?
The Carolina Panthers have tried to find an adequate tight end to ply opposite Greg Olsen for quite a while now. Remember the story a few years back of adding chairs to the tight end meeting room to compensate for the large number of prospects? Well, they are all gone now.
The Panthers seem to be done with their strategy of finding a diamond in the rough, an undrafted free agent tight end prodigy. Established NFL tight ends Luke Willson and Eric Ebron have visited Bank of America Stadium and continue to make their rounds across the NFL this week.
Now that Ed Dickson is a Seattle Seahawk, the Panthers really have no other choice. One of these tight ends will need to be signed. If the Panthers head into the season with Manhertz or Simonson as their number two tight end, they will have once again kicked the can down the road of tight end mediocrity.
It seems Ebron is the fan favorite here, thanks to the power of the Twitter and two thousand votes.
Who would you rather have?
— Jeremy Igo (@CarolinaHuddle) March 15, 2018
Ebron being a Tarheel may have skewed this pol a great deal. Personally, I would prefer to see Willson across the line from Olsen this season.
Spare a corner?
The Carolina Panthers again find themselves in desperate need of a corner. I look for them to sign a free agent as soon as this week. A name I like out there is Delvin Breaux, formerly of the New Orleans Saints. Breaux would come at a modest price and would be an upgrade over the departed Daryl Worley.
Yes, that’s right. A Saints’ defensive cast off would be an upgrade for the Panthers. It hurts to type that, but here we are.
Having spent 4 draft picks over the past two seasons on corner has left other positions on the field (like tight end) in desperate need of a youth injection. The Panthers cannot continue to draft corners, especially in the first three rounds. For this reason, I look for a free agent corner to also be signed in the near future.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.