Free Agents to Target in the Offseason: Offense Edition
The Panthers can't fill all of their needs in the draft, so here are plenty of free agents that the Panthers may target come March:
Although we have inarguably the best running back in the NFL in Christian McCaffrey, it would be nice to have a competent backup to the OPOY candidate. Gus Edwards was key to Lamar Jackson's impressive rookie season. He served as a backup to former Saint Mark Ingram III this past season, but still flashed in his limited opportunities. With Joe Brady in as offensive coordinator, I'm sure he could whip up some interesting play calls in a two-back set.
Matt Rhule may be interested in bringing his star wide receiver from Temple, where racked up . The Jets are most likely going to let him go after he failed to develop a solid rapport with the Jets 2nd year starting quarterback Sam Darnold. Anderson is right in his prime at 26 years old, and could pair with fellow speedster Curtis Samuel to keep defenses honest. In Brady's offense, he often utilizes 3-4 receivers, so the Panthers could definitely upgrade at WR3.
After expressing interest in the former Bronco at the trade deadline but failing to get a deal done, Emmanuel Sanders could be a potential veteran target for the team going forward. The 32 year-old had an impressive stint with the Niners this season, and could be the WR2 or 3 depending on Joe Brady's preference.
The former first-round pick had a career year with the Tampa Bay Bucs, with 645 yards receiving and 6 TD. Absolute speedster, and could pair up with Moore and Samuel to create three-headed monster in the wide receiving core. This would be nice for Joe Brady and his creative offense.
Doss was the Hard Knock's star while a part of Gruden's Raiders. He's young and dynamic, and could be a depth option or potential returner for special teams.
Deandre Carter has bounced around with teams over his career, most recently with the Houston Texans. When he's healthy he's been a nice receiving option for Deshaun Watson after DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, and Keke Coutee. Carter could also be an option for kick returner. \
Everett looks to have fallen out of favor with Sean McVay and the Rams after fellow tight end Tyler Higbee recently inked a 3-year deal to keep him in Los Angeles for the future. His best game this season was when facing Seattle which he racked up 7 catches 137 yds. Gerald Everett could pair with Ian Thomas to have a nice duo of young tight ends.
Eric Ebron could be really expensive or we could pick him up on a more team-friendly deal. Following his monstrous 2018 campaign (750 yds 13 TD) with Andrew Luck, he only had 375 receiving yards and 3 TD with Jacoby Brissett. He's only 26, so he's still quite young. The Panthers could pair him with Ian Thomas and create a tight end tandem Cam Newton hasn't seen since Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey.
Brandon Scherff may be expensive, but he will be well worth the deal if that means Cam Newton will have a healthy and fully functional line in front of him. If we can acquire him, the Panthers just might have the best pair of guards in the league with Scherff and Turner.
Joe Thuney may be cheaper, but not any worse, manning the left side for Brady in New England. This would be a great move for the Panthers to see how Cam Newton can play with an average offensive line on the last year of his deal. If they decide to draft a rookie next year (ie. Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields), Thuney would provide a steadying presence on the line.
Andrus Peat has been an average to below-average starter for the Saints as a 1st round pick in 2015. It seems as though he may be let go by the Saints this year as his contract runs out. Still young at 26, Rhule and his staff could develop him into a star. Also, we could get some insider intel about the Saints.
This may be a lower type of signing but still valuable. Glasgow is on the second or third tier of guards. He has been working at right for most of his career in Detroit, but I'm sure he'd be open to a position change. Glasgow is 28, but most Detroit fans were disappointed to see him let go.
Vaitai has been at the forefront of trade talks with many NFL teams, but he looks to be testing free agency for the first time in his career at 26 years old. He's definitely been the best backup offensive lineman in Philly and the NFL. Could be a good pickup for the Panthers if they continue their o-line shuffling due to injuries.
Leave in the comments below which of these players you would like to see in Carolina.