4 trade targets at safety for the Carolina Panthers

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The Carolina Panthers could be in the market for a new defensive back before the season, but which safeties should they target via trade?

The Carolina Panthers are reportedly on the lookout for secondary help to bolster their chances next season. This does appear to be a drastic move with a little less than two weeks to go until their Week 1 opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. But this is normally the time of year where some big moves are made to improve a specific team’s aspirations for the months to come.

According to Joe Person of The Athletic, the Carolina Panthers have been calling teams looking at possible trade scenarios surrounding defensive backs of interest. Nothing concrete has been tied down at this stage. But it is something to keep a close eye on going forward.

They do have a roster spot open after the Panthers parted ways with former seventh-round pick Andre Smith this week. The linebacker did not do enough during training camp to convince the coaching staff he was worth keeping around. But finding an available player who is good enough to come in and make an immediate impact is easier said than done at this stage of the preparation period.

Whether the Panthers are looking at acquiring a cornerback or safety remains to be seen. Only the decision-makers know this for sure. But having another accomplished presence during this expected period of transition is not going to hurt.

Here are four safeties that might be worth considering if the Panthers choose to go in this direction.