Carolina Panthers: Team taking risky move by shopping Trai Turner

(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) Trai Turner
(Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) Trai Turner /

The Carolina Panthers are shopping the veteran.

According to multiple media reports, the Carolina Panthers are trying to shop guard Trai Turner. Admittedly, this is a bit of a surprise, considering Turner’s accomplishments.

Turner has made five straight Pro Bowls.  He has two years remaining on the four-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Panthers in the 2017 season.

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He does receive a fair amount of change in the coming seasons. In 2020, he will make $13 million while he is set to make $15.4 million in the 2021 season. This is not an ideal situation for a Carolina Panthers team looking to try and improve their salary cap standing. According to a report from CBS Sports, if the Panthers got right of Turner now, they would be able to clear roughly $3 million off of their cap for next season.

When you look at what the Carolina Panthers have done, they are completely trying to rebuild the organization. The days of Ron Rivera and the veterans are long gone. Yes, I said it, they are trying to rebuild. It is evident that they are going to try and shop as many pieces as possible without getting rid of their key offensive players right now. What I want to know is if getting rid of Turner will affect their draft plans come April.

I imagine it would. If the Panthers were to get rid of Turner, they would definitely be looking for a guard in the draft. Where they would select the guard is my question. Would they use a first-round pick on him? Alternatively, would they use that pick for something else, and grab a guard in the later rounds? This is definitely not a situation where Carolina can avoid drafting the position.

A name that comes to mind for me is Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. If they were to get rid of Turner, he would be a great fit for the Carolina Panthers. He is very good at blocking both in run and passing situations. He is the type of impact offensive lineman that the Panthers would need to grab moving forward. He is the type of player that would be able to stick around the franchise for quite a while.

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To me, shopping Turner signifies that the Panthers are rebuilding. This may be a direction that they need to go in. They certainly are due for a rebuild, and it appears things are leaning in that direction.