Sitting at an unacceptable 3-6 through Week 10 of the 2016 season, the time has come for the Carolina Panthers to start looking toward next season, as their chances of making a run toward the playoffs were all but dashed with a 20-17 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs today. Even though the NFC South is still the weakest division in the NFL, with the Atlanta Falcons leading the division with a 6-4 record (just 2.5 games ahead of the Panthers), Carolina still has the Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, San Diego Chargers and the Falcons to play, so those 2.5 games might as well be six game at this point. And honestly right now, the Panthers will be lucky to finish the season at 7-9.
So looking ahead, let's take a look at some players that the Panthers need to move on from during the upcoming offseason.
1. Mike Tolbert - Even though Tolbert just signed a new two-year contract extension with the Panthers this past offseason, he has had a very disappointing season, After having a solid season in 2015 that earned him the two-year extension, Tolbert has rushed for just 54 yards and been on the receiving end of 13 yards, with no touchdowns. Tolbert has been highly ineffective in both blocking and the short yard and goal line power run game, where he has made a living in the past. At 30 years of age, Tolbert's best days seem to be behind him.
2. Mike Remmers - Remmers joined the Panthers midway through the 2014 season when they signed him off the then St. Louis Rams practice squad. Remmers had a solid end of the 2014 season and an outstanding 2015 regular season. However Remmers struggled mightily in Super Bowl 50, and hasn't seemed to recover since as he has had a disastrous 2016, not only failing to protect QB Cam Newton but also piling up numerous false start and holding penalties which has really hurt the Panthers. The Panthers have been needing a tackle ever since the retirement of Jordan Gross after the 2013 season, and it's time for the Panthers go get a legitimate tackle to protect Newton, something Remmers in proving every week that is incapable of doing.
3. Charles Johnson - The Panthers actually cut Johnson this past offseason, only to resign him a week later. However Johnson has been mostly nonexistent to say the least so far this season, recording just two sacks and 20 tackles. At age 30, Johnson seems to have lost a step and the injuries he has had the last few seasons have caught up to him. The Panthers desperately need to find a young pass rusher, and with Johnson signing just a one-year "prove it" deal, don't expect him to be back in Carolina after this season.