4 trade deadline targets at CB for the Carolina Panthers

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Which options might the Carolina Panthers look to explore if they pursue a cornerback via trade ahead of the 2020 deadline?

The Carolina Panthers might be on the lookout for additional reinforcements at the cornerback position ahead of the 2020 trade deadline. This is an area of the field that has performed above expectations through the first half of the campaign, but more might be needed to get the organization into surprise postseason contention.

Their relative lack of depth became a further cause for concern when the Carolina Panthers decided to release Eli Apple this week. The free-agent signing has dealt with hamstring issues that restricted him to one game on defense, but the decision-makers cut him loose after he pulled out of a practice on Tuesday claiming he was unable to go.

This was probably the right call. Head coach Matt Rhule has an engaging demeanor, but it’s clear he doesn’t suffer fools gladly and if one individual isn’t pulling their weight he has shown no hesitation to move them on for the good of the franchise.

It might have cost the Panthers around $6.5 million in dead cap money to part ways with Apple and Seth Roberts this week. But the simple fact of the matter is that one player has the potential to disrupt the current cohesion within Carolina’s locker room, so it is money well spent.

Given the injury problems No. 1 corner Donte Jackson has suffered this season, it would be foolish of the Panthers not to at least explore the option of bringing in another player at the position before November 3. Here are four names who would be well worth a look for differing reasons.