Carolina Panthers: 3 trade targets from the Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) Davon Godchaux
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Davon Godchaux, Carolina Panthers
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Carolina Panthers trade target No. 2: Davon Godchaux (DT)

The Carolina Panthers will likely need a replacement for veteran Kawann Short next year. The defensive tackle will count $20.83 million against the salary cap in 2021. And it is extremely unlikely that the Pro Bowler is kept around with this sort of financial commitment.

They might look to free agency for a solution next spring. The Panthers also have the option of looking for someone of note in the trade market.

One player that should warrant strong consideration is Davon Godchaux. The imposing interior lineman is a considerable presence to shift off the block. And he has experience of playing in a 4-3 or as a nose tackle in a 3-4 base.

This sort of versatility is something that Carolina sought heavily during Matt Rhule’s first few months in the role. And Godchaux has the size and scope to get even better in the coming years.

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The player boasts career stats of 163 combined tackles, 93 solo tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 17 quarterback hits, three sacks, one forced fumble, and two pass deflections over his two years with the Miami Dolphins. Putting him alongside No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown would give the Panthers a defensive line interior that has the potential to dominate for years to come.

The price to acquire someone with the upside of Goldchaux would not be cheap. But the Panthers have shown a willingness to gamble on big decisions this offseason for the greater good of the organization.