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Denzel Perryman Contract is a Steal for Panthers

Max Staley
Denzel Perryman looks like a steal for the Carolina Panthers.
Denzel Perryman looks like a steal for the Carolina Panthers. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers haven't done much this offseason. Despite coming into free agency with a good chunk of cap space and a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the organization's most notable move was placing the franchise tag on tackle Taylor Moton.

But GM Scott Fitterer has made one great under-the-radar signing, inking former Los Angeles Chargers LB Denzel Perryman to a two-year, $6 million deal. Considering how well he played in 2020, it's hard to view this as anything but a huge steal for Carolina.

Perryman received an 83.3 overall grade from ProFootballFocus, giving him the second-best mark among all LBs in 2020. That's some pretty remarkable production for a guy who carries a sub-$2 million cap hit in 2021. It's not like Perryman is some aging veteran, either, as he won't turn 29 until the tail end of next season.

Injuries are likely the reason for the discount, as he has missed at least two games in each of his six NFL seasons.

Still, Carolina surrendered an average of 4.7 yards per carry last season (T-No. 27 in the NFL) and gave up the NFL's fourth-most rushing yards in 2019 (2,296). Adding an accomplished run defender like Perryman could really help turn that unit around. And the Panthers didn't have to break the bank to do it.

This looks like an excellent move from the organization's first-time GM.

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