3 possible Panthers trade targets from the New Orleans Saints

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Which players from the New Orleans Saints might the Carolina Panthers be interested in acquiring via the trade market to boost their fortunes?

There is no love lost between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. This is to be expected from divisional rivals who go at it twice a season. But there appears to be a lot of connections between the two heading into next season.

Perhaps the most important hire outside of head coach Matt Rhule for the Carolina Panthers was Joe Brady. The offensive coordinator comes to the organization after leading LSU’s historic passing attack to a convincing National Championship at the college level. And his scheme is like that which the Saints deploy after he spent time working with them as an assistant.

Teddy Bridgewater was Carolina’s biggest move in free agency by a considerable margin. The quarterback got another shot at being a consistent starter thanks in no small part to his performance under center for in New Orleans last season, where he went 5-0 when Drew Brees was forced to miss some time.

Rhule has made no secret of his admiration for Saints’ coach Sean Payton. He has tried to install similar methods during his first training camp in Carolina. But it is going to take some time to get them in prime position for a Super Bowl run as New Orleans appears to be in 2020.

Much more will be needed in terms of recruitment either in free agency, the 2021 NFL Draft, or the trade market. Here are three Saints that the Panthers might look at as possible trade options if they choose to go down this route.