We could be looking at one of the biggest free agency periods in recent memory if some of the notable names actually hit the open market. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Derrick Henry are just a few of the big names set to hit unrestricted free agency when the new league year opens on March 18th. One or more stands a good chance of signing a contract with their current team before then, but there is a chance one or more is taking calls when the tampering period opens on March 16th.
2019 in review
Tre Boston has been a ball-hawk for most of his time in Carolina, amassing 11 interceptions and 16 pass breakups over his last three seasons. His ability as a free-safety is right up there with the best in the league, but his tackling ability has something to desire and you won’t see him take on the slot receiver very often. But, his strength as a pass defender is where he’ll make his money this offseason.
There are quite a few safeties heading into free agency, so much of the market will depend on if they are re-signed or left to test the market. Boston has been getting short-changed with one-year deals and has performed admirably. He deserves a strong contract after his consistent play and he should get one. Where that’s from is up for debate, but there will be a market for him to be sure.
Do the Panthers want to keep him?
The Panthers have seven defensive starters hitting free agency this offseason but Boston is the only one in the secondary who is unrestricted. The Panthers likely can wrap him up on a strong three-year deal, which at 27 years old, should be one that gets him still at his prime. The Panthers haven’t commented on which way they are leaning and there is a chance they truly go into tank/rebuilding mode, but Boston is solid and they likely won’t find anyone better at free-safety for his price.
Boston’s inability to tackle was compounded last season due to the defensive line letting running backs into the secondary way too often. Having a great run-stopping free safety is great, but everyone knows his limitations in that area and they aren’t paying him for his tacking.
There haven’t been any reports of specific interest from teams. Any team with a need for a deep-safety that will slow down explosive passing plays should have interest.