Panthers want to sign Taylor Moton for overtime
The Saints and Ryan Ramczyk reset the straight tackle market earlier Wednesday, and that could pave the way for Taylor Moton’s extension to Carolina. According to Joseph Nobody of The Athletic, the Panthers hope to strike a long-term deal with Moton before the July 15 deadline.
The team slapped Moton with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but it was believed the team were considering a long-term deal for the former second-round pick. The 27-year-old has started 48 straight straight tackle games for the Panthers, with Pro Football Focus ranking Moton among the top 20 tackles in each of those three campaigns. This included a 2020 season where the lineman placed in the top five tackles on the right.
Ramczyk’s new deal with New Orleans could certainly serve as the basis for an extension of Moton. Ramczyk signed a five-year, $ 96 million deal that included $ 60 million in guarantees. Ramczyk’s $ 19.2 million AAV makes him the highest-paid straight tackle in the NFL, eclipsing a mark that was previously owned by the Eagles lineman Johnson Way. Ramczyk’s $ 60 million guarantee also exceeds Johnson’s ($ 55 million), with the two players having the distinction of being the only good tackles with guarantees in excess of $ 35 million. For comparison, Moton will earn around $ 13.7 million this coming season under the franchise label.
The Panthers aren’t the only team looking to expand their right tackle. We learned earlier on Wednesday that the Colts are working with Braden Smith on a long term deal.