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Tracking the latest free agency rumors and signings for the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers need to find a solution at quarterback and running back for the 2023 season.

DJ Moore #2 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneersat Raymond James Stadium on January 01, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers had a weird season in 2022. There is likely a more professional way to put that, but would you have thought a team would trade away Christian McCaffrey and get better? The Panthers did. They also fired head coach Matt Rhule and had a rotating door at quarterback between PJ Walker, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield. Still, Carolina finished one game back of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South and has high hopes for 2023 if they can bring in the right people.

2022 in review

The 7-10 final record was the Panthers’ best since 2017. If they had beaten the Bucs in Week 17, their Week 18 matchup against the New Orleans Saints would have been for the division title. This team had no business making the playoffs, though. The quarterback play was atrocious, and their defense carried them. This isn’t a bad thing, but it isn’t sustainable throughout a season. Mayfield led the team in passing yards and spent the final 11 weeks of the season with a different team.

At this point, the Panthers have Matt Corral and Jacob Eason as the incumbent quarterbacks on the roster. There is reported interest in bringing back Darnold, but Carolina is expected to use the No. 9 draft pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, if they don’t move up, to select their quarterback of the future. They also need to address running back, a second wide receiver and overall depth this offseason.

Carolina Panthers’ free agency rumors, signings and losses


  • Panthers signed former Vikings’ WR Adam Thielen to a three-year, $25 million contract with $14 million in guarantees, per an Rapoport. They also brought in WR D.J. Chark for a visit.
  • Panthers signed former Eagles RB Miles Sanders to a four-year, $25 million contract, per Jeremy Fowler.
  • Panthers signed former Broncos DT DeShawn Williams, per the team.
  • The Panthers are signing former Bengals TE Hayden Hurst, per Ian Rapoport.
  • Andy Dalton says goodbye to New Orleans as he signs a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, per Adam Schefter.
  • DL Shy Tuttle is signing a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Panthers, per Adam Schefter.
  • Panthers are signing former Bengals S Vonn Bell, per Jonathan Jones.


  • Bears signed former Panthers QB P.J. Walker to a two-year contract, per Adam Schefter.
  • Former Panthers QB Sam Darnold is signing a one-year deal with the 49ers, per Adam Schefter.
  • Traded WR DJ Moore to the Chicago Bears
  • Panthers release OL Pat Elflein, per Ari Meirov.
  • Former Panthers RB D’Onta Foreman is heading to the Bears on a one-year, $3 million deal, per Adam Schefter.

Rumors and Miscellaneous moves

  • Moved up to the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft