Carolina has made a name for itself as a team that builds through the Draft. They have usually just used Free Agency to add depth and every now-and-then they go for an impact player.
Recent big signings include Ken Lucas, Keyshawn Johnson, and Ma’ake Kemoeatu. Lucas was decent but wasn’t the corner thought they were getting out of Seattle. Keyshawn was supposed to replace Muhsin Muhammad but turned into Sir Drops A Lot. Kemo came in to be the space eater Carolina needed as he and Damione Lewis created a formidable tandem, but then he gets injured 10 minutes into camp and that’s the end of that.
Needless to say free agency has not been Carolina’s strong suit. This year will be different: Free Agency may decide how long Carolina’s transition will take. If Carolina spends its money and spends it wisely they can be contenders in a couple years, if not then the future will grow murkier than it already is.
Besides the Panthers own free agents, which are top priority, there are 10 options in this year’s class that Carolina should seriously consider in order to start the Rivera era right.