We're entering the third season of the Matt Rhule experiment in Carolina, and since he took over, the Panthers have yet to have a franchise QB lineup under center. That's an area of focus for the team this off-season after they started three different signal-callers during last season's 5-12 campaign. Carolina has been rumored to be interested in current 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Texans QB Deshaun Watson, as those are the two most desirable quarterbacks that might be available on the market this off-season. Yesterday, a new name emerged as there was a report that Carolina has called Minnesota about the potential availability of Kirk Cousins, who's entering the final year of his contract with the Vikings. Cousins has had his struggles in the NFL both with Washington and now Minnesota, but when put in a situation to succeed, has proven to be more than capable of playing the position at a high level. Ellis Williams, Panthers beat reporter for the Charlotte Observer, joined the Nick Wilson Show earlier today, to discuss what adding Cousins to the fold, could mean for the Panthers
There's no question that Carolina needs to upgrade the quarterback and offensive line positions if they want to be able to compete for the playoffs in 2022, but with limited cap and draft capital, it's hard to envision that happening right now. One way they could potentially do that would be by trading away Christian McCaffrey, less than two years after signing him to a historic contract. since the contract, CMC has missed more games than he has played, and that has really strung this franchise, both on the field, and off. Panthers GM Scott Fitterer said shortly after the season concluded that he's open to taking calls that could move McCaffrey if it could benefit the team. The issue is going to be finding a trade partner willing to work with the Panthers, as his injuries have derailed his trade value. Mike Ginnitti, from Spotrac, was on the Nick Wilson show earlier today, outlining his proposal to trade McCaffrey to the Buffalo Bills, an organization with many ties to the Panthers. In the deal, Carolina only receives back a third round, and a fifth-round pick, while also freeing up over $9 million dollars in salary-cap space. Here's what Ginnitti had to say about the Bills being a potential trade partner this off-season:
When it comes to the 2022 NFL Draft and the Carolina Panthers, it feels like the majority of the buzz right now surrounds the fact that the team looks like the most likely spot for the first quarterback to be selected. The success of Malik Willis has some wondering if the Panthers could be looking in that direction with the glaring need at the position and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has reported that people inside of the Panthers building are also really excited by what they see from Kenny Pickett.
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The Panthers completed what will hopefully be their final round of hires for Matt Rhule's rebuilt staff this offseason earlier this week with the hirings of Kevin M. Gilbride (tight ends coach), Joe Dailey (wide receivers coach) and Robert Kugler (assistant offensive line coach) to the offensive staff on Monday. This completed a nearly complete revamp of the team's offensive staff, which saw four members of this past year's group either parted ways with or moved on from on their own, headlined by the in-season departure of offensive coordinator Joe Brady who was replaced earlier this offseason by former Giants head coach and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
On Thursday night, the NFL announced that the Carolina Panthers will get their first Hall of Fame inductee later this summer after they announced during the NFL Honors Ceremony. Mills played for the Panthers from 1995 to 1997 to close out his career, totaling 331 total tackles, 10.0 sacks and seven interceptions. In those three seasons, Mills finished in the top five in Defensive Player of the Year voting and was voted All-Pro in 1996. In his 12 year NFL career, Mills played in 181 career games, racking up 1,265 total tackles, 20.5 sacks, 23 fumble recoveries and 11 interceptions, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl and being named All-Pro the one time.
All the buzz following the Senior Bowl was the performance of Liberty QB Malik Willis, which vaulted him into the discussion of being the first QB off the board. The competition is now believed to be between Willis and Kenny Pickett from Pittsburgh. The Panthers are interested in both, as they are still looking to find a long-term solution to their QB woes, which have plagued the team since Matt Rhule became the HC. Panthers beat reporter for the Charlotte Observer, Ellis Williams, joined the Nick Wilson Show earlier today, to talk about Willis, and the potential of him being the first quarterback taken:
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As the 2022 NFL Draft continues to draw closer and draft season takes full effect, the question surrounding the Carolina Panthers seems to be about which key offensive position they value the most and would be willing to spend a high draft pick on. Is it the offensive tackle position, where the team had yet another chance this past draft to get their long-awaited left tackle of the future to finally replace Jordan Gross after all of these years, or is it the quarterback position, where the team decided to take a flier on a veteran quarterback that struggled and has them in an even worse spot that a year ago?
With well over two months away, there's no telling what the Carolina Panthers will do with the sixth pick in the NFL Draft. Mocks have them drafting a QB, an OL, or potentially trading back to acquire more picks to help address all the needs that exist on the roster. Many people believe they have to find their franchise QB sooner than later if there's any chance that Matt Rhule lasts in the NFL beyond 2022. But with Sam Darnold, and his $18 million salary on the books next year, it's going to be hard to justify drafting or trading for a QB, when you have that type of money already committed to a QB. Steven Ruiz from The ringer joined the Nick Wilson Show, earlier today, and expressed why the Panthers shouldn't draft a QB with the sixth pick, but cited a different reason: