There are a handful of reporters to listen to when they tell you about the Carolina Panthers. One of them, without a doubt, is the “OG” Darin Gantt.
Gantt has been a staple of Carolina sports media for over two decades, dating back to his work at Charlotte’s Observer and The herald. Currently posted with the team themselves for their official website, the “old man” is still getting angry and still answering your questions, including one about the future of DJ Moore.
Moore, who is expected to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 campaign, could be next in contention for a contract extension, following the steps of right tackle Taylor Moton and fellow wide receiver Robby Anderson. Glove, in his usual mailbag, seems fairly certain of the franchise’s intentions.
“So the short answer is ‘yes’,” Gantt wrote when asked if Carolina wanted to extend Moore. “The longest answer is, ‘Oh my god, yes. “”
And make no mistake about it, even after signing Anderson for a two-year extension that keeps him here throughout the 2023 season, and even after drafting the promising [Terrace] Marshall and Shi Smith, they absolutely want to keep Moore beyond his current contract, ”he added.
Locking down this duo would help solidify the team’s offense as one of the most powerful airstrikes in the league for years to come, especially with Marshall, Smith and running back Christian McCaffrey in the fold. A new deal would also help solidify a culture owner David Tepper, general manager Scott Fitterer and head coach Matt Rhule seek to promote.
“Moore is 24 and an emerging star in an attack that needs it, and the local guys also tend to have a bit of impact from their own teams,” writes Gantt. “It’s a good deal to keep yours, if only to show others that you will.” It encourages work, and that’s the point here.
If Moore does go for an expansion, it will be a well-deserved expansion. He totaled 3,156 receiving yards in his first three seasons and is just one of two players, along with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, amass 1,175 receiving yards in each of the past two years.