While some teams are loading up for the 2021 season, the Carolina Panthers haven't made much of a splash. After making it clear to the league that they're looking to move on from Teddy Bridgewater, they fell short in the Matthew Stafford sweepstakes, and now they're in the running for Deshaun Watson.
However, if the Panthers fall short of a big trade, their moves this offseason are hard to explain.
The team seemed committed to making some sort of big move by restructuring the contracts of Christian McCaffrey and Shaq Thompson, but, outside of signing Haason Reddick, their offseason hasn't made much noise. And, Reddick is on just a one-year deal, so it's not like Carolina has found major, long-term impact players this offseason.
One remaining hope for Panthers fans is a Watson trade, but his ongoing legal disputes cloud his NFL future at the moment.
Carolina's cap-clearing efforts indicated that the team could make a move that immediately improves their chances heading into the 2021 campaign. Instead, the Panthers could toil away in mediocrity again, failing to capitalize on their chance to get better this offseason.
These moves will also make their cap situation less favorable in future seasons, so if they don't make use of the space they freed up in 2021, they'll have made their lives more difficult in the 2022 offseason for no real reason.
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