Carolina Panthers veteran Matt Kalil mentioned in interesting trade scenario
This would be an interesting scenario, but the Carolina Panthers would probably have trouble getting it done.
As the National Football League off-season continues to roll on, predictions are being made all over the place. Whether they be draft predictions, free agent signing predictions, or trade scenarios there is plenty of interesting content to be had. Bleacher Report put out a trade scenario for each team in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers were no exception to this.
Before getting into what the scenario is, let me just say a couple things. For one, this trade would fill a need for the Carolina Panthers in both contracts and positional need. Secondly, I don’t think the Arizona Cardinals would do this deal, simply because of the contract involved with the player the Panthers would be giving as part of the deal. Nevertheless, the following trade scenario was proposed and is certainly an interesting one to say the least.
"Two years ago, the Carolina Panthers made a major mistake when they signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal. Now, their top priority should be to unload Kalil’s monster contract.Potential trade: Panthers acquire quarterback Drew Stanton from Cleveland Browns in exchange for Kalil"
The Panthers certainly have a need at backup quarterback, as Kyle Allen is not ready to be the guy yet. He certainly showed promise, and should be kept on the roster for future consideration. There is also no arguing with the fact that the Panthers need to get rid of Matt Kalil’s huge contract. Doing so would give Carolina more flexibility in both roster movement and cap space moving forward. Just looking at the trade in terms of face value, this would be an ideal deal for both teams.
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This trade would not happen for a couple of reasons. For one, I find it hard-pressed to believe that the Cardinals would take Kalil’s big contract. In 2019 alone, he is set to make $14,400,000 that will count against the salary cap. If there is one interesting piece of his contract, it is that he has a potential out in 2020. Secondly, if the Carolina Panthers really want to roll with Kyle Allen, then it would not make sense to acquire Stanton. From a development standpoint, that may be better for Carolina. Given what he was able to do against New Orleans, I do feel comfortable putting him out there, albeit with a limited playbook.
It certainly is an interesting proposition, but I highly doubt this trade would be possible. Kalil’s contract would it be the hindrance in this deal for Arizona. As a result, this deal would fall through. It’s a nice thought, but too much would be at stake here to warrant the risk.