One of the most significant question marks in the NFL next year is the Carolina Panthers. Just what are they going to do? This past year, they had a new head coach, a new quarterback, and one of the youngest teams in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers were essentially in a rebuilding mode even though they handed Teddy Bridgewater a nice contract. Ultimately, they were forced to choose between Teddy Bridgewater and Cam Newton. Yet, given the disastrous play that Cam Newton showed on the field this past year for the New England Patriots, it was clear the Carolina Panthers made the right move.
On the other hand, it also doesn’t look like Teddy Bridgewater is the quarterback of the future. With the Carolina Panthers having emerged as one of the top shooters from that Stafford, even if they did not land him, it is clear that they were not satisfied with Teddy Bridgewater either. Therefore, who is going to play quarterback for the Carolina Panthers next year? What do they do?
Do the Carolina Panthers Draft, a Young Quarterback?
One question is whether the Carolina Panthers are going to draft a young quarterback. The Carolina Panthers will not get Trevor Lawrence, as they do not have the number one pick. The Carolina Panthers do have a top 10 draft pick. Therefore, they may have a shot at landing one of the other top young quarterbacks in the draft this year. Some of the other full options include Justin Fields out of Ohio State, Zach Wilson out of BYU, and Trey Lance out of North Dakota State. One of those guys is going to be available when the Panthers get on the clock. On the other hand, if the Panthers want to have their pick, they may have to move up to a higher draft position. The only question is whether they would be willing to do that.
Do the Carolina Panthers Go After DeShaun Watson?
Another intriguing option is for the Carolina Panthers to go after DeShaun Watson. If the Panthers can land DeShaun Watson, that will have a massive impact on Larry Ness picks, putting the Panthers right in the mix to wear the NFC South crown next year. The only question is whether the Carolina Panthers are willing to pay the asking price. There is a high likelihood that the Carolina Panthers would have to send multiple first and second-round picks of the Houston Texans to get DeShaun Watson. They would essentially be mortgaging their future to win now when the rest of the team might not be ready. Will the Carolina Panthers do this? If not, it might mean another season of Bridgewater at the helm.