The Carolina Panthers are entering a rebuilding phase. The Ron Rivera/Cam Newton era is over, and this is going to be a dramatically different team in the coming years. The organization's 2020 offseason moves have been focused on building for the future and positioning themselves for long-term success.
With that in mind, here are the three best 2020 NFL offseason moves so far from the Carolina Panthers.
3. Signing Robby Anderson
This wasn't a deep free agent class at wide receiver, especially with Amari Cooper returning to the Dallas Cowboys. The Panthers got one of the best players available though, and Robby Anderson has been one of the NFL's premier deep threats since coming into the NFL in 2016. Among all players that have 200-plus catches during that time, only five have averaged more yards per reception than Anderson's 14.8. He will be a massive upgrade from Curtis Samuel on deep routes, and Anderson's presence should free up Samuel to do more work underneath, where he thrives.
2. Hiring Matt Rhule on a Seven-Year Deal
This team is in rebuilding mode, and they made a smart hire with former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Not only is Rhule himself a smart hire, after turning the Baylor program around from 1-11 in his first year to 11-3 in his third, but the contract is a great one. A seven-year contract is a lot, but that's what you need in a rebuild. Turning around a team is not a fast or easy process, and giving Rhule some job security and a relatively long leash will let him make the best moves he can without fearing for his job every step of the way.
1. Signing Teddy Bridgewater and P.J. Walker
Releasing Cam Newton, the Panthers had an obvious need at QB, and they filled it with one of the best passers available in Teddy Bridgewater. Still just 27 years old, Bridgewater has tons of potential as the long-term answer for the Panthers. They also added a low-risk, high-reward backup for Bridgewater in P.J. Walker, formerly of the XFL's Houston Roughnecks. Walker was the unquestioned best player in the XFL in 2020, leading the league in both passing yards (1,338; nobody else had more than 1,092) and touchdowns (15; nobody else had more than 11). You can never have too many good options at QB, especially when they come on an inexpensive contract like Walker did.
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