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Carolina Panthers: Not Addressing the Left Side of Their Offensive Line

Last year, the Panthers shocked the football world by signing Matt Kalil, who peaked as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, to a five-year, $55 million contract. Kalil struggled last season, but the weight of his dead cap, which doesn’t even nfl cheap jerseys nike drop to seven figures ($9.8 million) until 2020, will keep him on the roster for a couple more years.

The issue is, the Panthers didn’t add any competition to Kalil’s position this offseason. Instead, they lost talent on the left side of the line, as guard Andrew Norwell signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Norwell, who signed a $66.5 million contract, is significantly more talented than Jeremiah Sirles, who is the projected starting left guard in Carolina.

A hole at left guard might just make the Panthers’ nfl nike jerseys for cheap weakness at left tackle worse. Compounding offensive line issues, without adding talent, is not how you win in the NFL. In an NFC South in which the Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added high draft picks and valuable veterans to their defensive lines over the last few seasons, quarterback Cam Newton may be in a world of trouble.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Aaron Lynch’s football career has been one of the weirdest in recent years. He started off as a big end at Notre Dame who made Freshman All-American lists just to transfer to USF, where he would play a slimmed down pass-rushing role. nike cheap nfl jerseys After declaring as a junior, Lynch was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco 49ers.

Lynch entered the league at 249 pounds and posted 12.5 sacks in his first two years. Now listed at 270 pounds, Lynch has only recorded 2.5 sacks (over just 14 games) in his last two years. The former Fighting Irish and Bulls pass-rusher has always had the talent, but his lack of consistency, due to weight fluctuation, transfer, suspension or injury, continues to mark his career.

Every team would love to roster a player like Lynch, a high-upside flier, but the one-year, $4 million contract the Chicago Bears gave the 25-year-old in free agency now looks like a promise for playing time. Behind 2016 first-round pick Leonard Floyd and Lynch, the only noteworthy edge defenders on the Bears roster are Sam Acho, who hasn’t posted more than four sacks in a season since 2011, and Kylie Fitts, a rookie sixth-round pick.nike nfl cheap jerseys

That flier is now considered a starter. If Lynch continues to play like he has the last two seasons, that will hurt Chicago.nfl nike jerseys cheap china