4 players the Carolina Panthers were smart to stay away from

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Getting an elite player like Jamal Adams might have been a pipe dream for the Carolina Panthers even if they were interested. But given the cost involved in his eventual trade to the Seattle Seahawks, they were right not to get involved.

Paying such a hefty price for one player, no matter how good Adams is, could have had substantial ramifications on their current rebuild. This sort of move was right for a team like Seattle that has a realistic chance of contending for a Super Bowl. But given the relative lack of expectations surrounding the Panthers’ chances in 2020, there was no guarantee the former first-round pick would even extend his stay with the organization.

This was probably never a realistic opportunity no matter how many fans were clamoring for it on social media. Adams might have all the physical tools in the world at his disposal. But the way he has conducted himself to force a trade this offseason is not in keeping with the current culture shift taking place in Carolina.

There is little doubt that Adams is going to bring a substantial amount to the Seahawks’ defense in 2020. Carolina has some solid options at the safety position going forward. And although this would have been a significant statement of intent, it would have jeopardized everything they have worked hard to try and build over recent months.