The Carolina Panthers have agreed to trade defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to the New York Jets for a third and a fifth round pick in this year’s draft. While the deal has yet to be formally announced, it should be made official later today, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Carolina was anxious to trade Jenkins before owing him a $1 million roster bonus. The trade clears about $3 million in salary cap room for this season.
The Panthers also tried to deal Jenkins before last year’s draft, but their demand for a first-round pick wasn’t met. The most the St. Louis Rams were willing to give up at that time was believed to be a second-rounder.
Today’s move vaults Damione Lewis into the starting lineup at defensive tackle with Maake Kemoeatu. The Panthers will be looking for depth at defensive tackle and today are hosting a visit from Rod Coleman, who was recently released by Atlanta.