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Panthers free agency prediction: Devin Funchess gets a better offer

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Based on his market value I expect the Panthers to let the former second round pick walk in free agency.

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According to Spotrac fifth year Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess (44 receptions, 549 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns) will garner offers of up to $9 million per season. That equates to a four year contract worth over $35 million.

My first thought at this number wasn’t ‘No’ it was ‘Hell No!’. He just drops way too many balls in my opinion. Funchess is the classic ‘inconsistent’ wide receiver that drives coaches and general managers mad. He can look so dominate one moment, using his big frame and hands to snatch balls away from defenders. Yet in the next moment he will drop a wide open pass that might have been a touchdown. If not that then he just disappears on critical downs. So who would pay top dollar for that?

Well when you look at comparable players it would appear there are a lot of teams that would pay that much.

Of those four players listed Marqise Lee is the only one I wouldn’t prefer over Funchess. I admit though when you look at the statistics maybe I’m being too hard on Funchess.

His drop rate actually isn’t too bad as compared to these four players who average almost $9 million per season. If Funchess is truly worth that amount then the Panthers will most certainly let him walk. He would essentially be the Panthers’ third or fourth option in the passing game or at least I would hope so. I don’t think he will get that much on the open market but he will certainly get more than the Panthers offer.

So what are your thoughts Panthers fans? Should the Panthers let Funchess walk? Should they at least offer him something? How much would you offer?

Poll

How much per season should the Panthers offer wide receiver Devin Funchess?

This poll is closed.

  • 2%
    Market value $8.9 million
    (32 votes)
  • 24%
    At least $5 million per season
    (368 votes)
  • 19%
    At the most $3 million per season
    (288 votes)
  • 54%
    Just let him walk
    (809 votes)
1497 votes total Vote Now

I know each and every one of you have an opinion on this.

Keep pounding!