We are a week away from free agency, so it would seem if the Carolina Panthers were going to sign one or more of their own they would have done that already. Take Kyle Allen for instance, who just signed a one year deal with the Panthers. I am hopeful the Panthers will keep a few free agents, but if they test free agency I’m betting they walk. I’m referring to James Bradberry, Gerald McCoy, Bruce Irvin and Mario Addison.
So who would you be trying to get signed before free agency? Here are my thoughts: (My comments below for each player are regarding whether the Panthers should make an offer or they should let them walk.)
James Bradberry, CB, 27
PFF grade 60.9
Bradberry has to be a top priority to re-sign. With a new regime it is hard to say what they will do with Bradberry.
Dontari Poe, DT, 30
PFF grade 71.2; $10 million per season
I would try to keep Poe since I see no upgrade on the roster or in the draft without using the No. 7 overall pick.
Gerald McCoy, DT, 32
PFF grade 72.0; $8 million per season
If I had to pick between McCoy and Poe it would make more sense to keep McCoy. Switching back to a 4-3 defense would make losing Poe easier.
Mario Addison, EDGE, 32
PFF grade 61; $7 million per season
Addison has averaged over 9 sacks a season for the past four years. He’s one of the most underrated players on the Panthers roster. I’d bring him back at that price on a two year deal.
Daryl Williams, OT, 28
PFF grade 56.1; $6 million per season
I would only keep Williams if they think he can play guard. Otherwise let him walk.
Bruce Irvin, EDGE, 33
PFF grade 62.9; $4 million per season
Irvin seems like a bargain for 8.5 sacks; hell he’s due a raise even at 33, so make it happen.
Ross Cockrell, CB, 29
PFF grade 57.5; $3.3 million per season
I think Cockrell played better than his grade and would be worth bringing back to see if he can continue to improve.
Tre Boston, FS, 28
3 years, $9.6 million per season
Boston is the only Panther Spotrac has put out a market assessment for. I find it weird that that he is the first Panther to be assessed, but it is what it is. Boston was one of the highest graded Panthers (76.4) on defense in 2019. Seems steep to me, but I would like to see him come back.
Vernon Butler, DT, 26
PFF grade 59
Butler did play better in 2019 he will get more money elsewhere. Let him walk.
Kyle Love, DT, 33
PFF grade 49.5; $1.3 million per season
Big Lovin’s grade was terrible but the price for a capable backup is there. Bring him back for another shot.
Greg Van Roten, G, 30
PFF grade 65.6; $1 million per season
I think the Panthers could find an upgrade at left guard over Van Roten, but I would still bring him back to compete. He would at least be a capable backup.
Javien Elliott, CB, 27
PFF grade 67.2; $720k per season
Elliot played well enough to earn a shot at a roster spot. Bring him back.
Cole Luke, CB, 25
PFF grade 43.0; $600k per season
Same comment for Luke as Elliott, and he’s a couple years younger.
Jarius Wright, WR, 30
PFF grade 47.6; $1.5 million per season
The Panthers have already indicated they will part ways with Wright. I thought he made some plays last season but just not enough.
Chris Hogan, WR, 31
The Panthers will let him walk.
So, Panthers fans, which free agents do you want to bring back, and which ones do you want to let go? Share your thoughts with us!