PFF predicts pair of decisions on 5th-year options for Panthers

The Carolina Panthers will have not one, however 2 choices to make on fifth-year choices this offseason—and neither ought to be especially hard.

Pro Football Focus income cap expert Brad Spielberger just recently anticipated each impending yay or nay for the 2020 draft class. So, where does he see the Panthers opting for theirs?

Well, he provides a yay to protective deal with Derrick Brown—the seventh total choice from that spring.

Spielberger composes:

Brown took a significant advance in 2022, ending up the season as one of simply 6 interior protectors with 75.0-plus grades as a run protector and pass rush, and signing up with elite business because club: Dexter Lawrence, Chris Jones, Aaron Donald, Quinnen Williams and Cameron Heyward.

Brown’s 31 protective stops and 10 takes on for loss or no gain were both top-15 marks at the position in 2022. This will be a simple choice for Carolina, just like it was last offseason with edge protector Brian Burns.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder had a profession project—publishing highs in combined takes on (67), quarterback hits (12) and passes defensed (7). Those 67 takes on, in reality, now stand as a single-season franchise record for a protective deal with.

Carolina will likewise need to resolve the alternative for cornerback CJ Henderson, who likely won’t fulfill the exact same fate as Brown.

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Henderson simply a year after utilizing a top-10 choice to prepare him, and it’s not tough to see why. Henderson logged a career-high 765 snaps in 2022 however made a 2nd successive sub-50.0 protection grade.

With Donte Jackson extended last offseason and 2021 No. 8 total choice Jaycee Horn beginning to appear like a possible star, it’s tough to visualize the group working out Henderson’s alternative.

Henderson, who was prepared ninth total by Jacksonville, has actually played in 27 video games for the Panthers in between 2021 and 2022. He, nevertheless, has yet to measure up to that billing—even with the chance he got after Jackson was lost for the season.

Decisions on the group’s fifth-year choices need to be made on May 1, the Monday right after the 2023 draft.


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