3 Former Panthers Still Unemployed During OTAs

Stephon Gilmore was named a Pro Bowler with the Panthers in 2021
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3. Henry Anderson - DE

Henry Anderson is another defensive end who was with the Panthers in 2023-24 but is now left looking for a new team. Originally taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Indianapolis, he's got 118 tackles and 11.5 sacks throughout his career.

Anderson played in 11 games for Carolina last year, amassing 18 tackles but no sacks. At 34 years old, he's likely looking for one final contract before retirement, though it's unclear how much he's got left in the tank.

After leaving the Colts, Anderson had an impressive three-year run with the Jets before joining the Patriots and then Panthers for a year each. His best performance came in 2018 with New York. Anderson had a career-high seven sacks despite starting just three games, though struggled in subsequent years to recreate those numbers.

Given where we are in this stage of free agency and offseason training, Anderson's running out of suitors. If a defensive lineman gets injured, he's an experienced veteran teams can call. However, the age and long career likely mean Anderson is more of a "Plan C" type of free agent than a sought-after pass rusher.

An eight-year career is nothing to scoff at. Even still, I'm guessing Anderson wants at least one more crack at extending his NFL playing days.

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