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Carolina Panthers 2021 free agency outlook

The Carolina Panthers head into 2021 free agency coming off an 5-11 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel runs for yardage against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers have 17 unrestricted free agents and four restricted free agents going into the off-season. The two biggest names that they hope to retain will be wide receiver Curtis Samuel and right tackle Taylor Moton.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

The Panthers currently rank 16th in cap space, so there is money available to make moves, but they will have a few hard choices on the horizon.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space (Feb 12): $11,632,992

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

The Panthers will be all in on bringing a quarterback in this offseason, as Teddy Bridgewater didn’t do enough to give the team hope that he can win longterm. They will need to give whoever that is help, and retaining WR Curtis Samuel and RT Taylor Moton. Moton is likely the more important player to keep around longterm, so re-signing Samuel and tagging Moton could be the way they go.

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable free agents

Panthers 2021 Free Agents

Pos. First Last 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos. First Last 2020 Team 2021 Team
RB Mike Davis Panthers
FB Alex Armah Panthers
WR Curtis Samuel Panthers
WR Pharoh Cooper Panthers
WR Keith Kirkwood* Panthers
WR Brandon Zylstra* Panthers
TE Chris Manhertz Panthers
RT Taylor Moton Panthers
RT Trenton Scott* Panthers
RG John Miller Panthers
RG Chris Reed Panthers
LG Michael Schofield Panthers
LT Russell Okung Panthers
C Tyler Larsen Panthers
LB Tahir Whitehead Panthers
LB Julian Stanford Panthers
LB Adarius Taylor Panthers
EDGE Efe Obada* Panthers
CB Rasul Douglas Panthers
CB Corn Elder Panthers
LS Jeffrey Jansen Panthers