3. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are a young team that went 5-11 in Matt Rhule’s first year as their head coach. Last offseason, they traded Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for left tackle Russell Okung.
A first-round selection in 2010, Okung was limited to seven games in 2020 but played well when he dressed up. He’s scheduled to become a free agent and the Panthers may have a hard time re-signing him, as right tackle Taylor Moton is also set to hit the open market.
Carolina is projected to have around $20 million in cap space and may struggle to retain both Okung and Moton. They also need to make decisions on wide receiver Curtis Samuel, guard John Miller, and cornerback Rasul Douglas.
If it comes to the crunch, they will likely retain Moton, who is younger and has more upside. They would then have to replace Okung and Robinson could be one of their top choices in free agency if they aren’t interested in adding a left tackle in 2021’s draft. The dropoff in performance from Okung to Robinson shouldn’t be big and the latter has been healthier in the last two seasons.