Report: Panthers want to sign both Adam Thielen and D.J. Chark

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With receiver D.J. Moore traded to the Bears, the Panthers need help at receiver. They’re currently targeting two players to replace Moore.

According to ESPN, via USA Today, the Panthers want to sign both Adam Thielen and D.J. Chark.

Thielen was cut by the Vikings before free agency. He visited Carolina on Wednesday. Chark became a free agent last week, after spending his first four seasons in Jacksonville and his fifth, 2022, in Detroit. He visited the Panthers on Friday.

The Panthers currently have six receivers under contract, including Terrace Marshall, Jr., Lavishka Shenault, and Shi Smith.

Both Thielen and Chark have question marks. For Thielen, it’s age. For Chark, a Pro Bowler in 2019, it’s injuries. He appeared in only four games in 2021, and only 11 in 2022.

Whatever they do, the Panthers need an accomplished and talented group of receivers, given that they’ll likely have a new rookie quarterback whom they hope will quickly become a franchise-caliber performer.

3 responses to “Report: Panthers want to sign both Adam Thielen and D.J. Chark

  1. Ordinarily I would much prefer to get receivers from the draft but it makes sense to have veteran receivers if you’re going to have a rookie quarterback. Thielen would be great for helping a rookie along.

  2. For someone like Chark, why would you waste your prime years in Carolina with a huge question mark at QB. Thielen is past his prime, struggled to get separation last year. He’s just trying to steal another year or two.

  3. Thielen, albeit past his prime, had 70 catches last yr and 6 TDs. I know lots of receivers ‘in their prime’ who would have been thrilled with those numbers. Good signing. I’d pass on Chark. Can’t stay on the field. I’d go Hardman over Chark.

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