4 Panthers players who shouldn’t be traded before the deadline
By Dean Jones
Taylor Moton – Carolina Panthers OT
Taylor Moton is another who has been playing at a high level this season. The right tackle is among the NFL’s best edge protectors and it would infuriate fans of the Carolina Panthers if they decided to even entertain the thought of trading him before the deadline.
This is an unrealistic proposition given Moton’s importance to the Panthers. But there is a precarious situation that is currently developing between the organization and the offensive lineman.
Moton is making just over $1 million in base salary on the final year of his deal in 2020. This is going into a completely different stratosphere next spring, with Spotrac projecting the former second-round pick to make $16.3 million per year on his next contract.
There is nothing to suggest that Moton is not more than worthy of such a financial commitment. Although the player wasn’t at his best during their Week 8 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, he has only given up two sacks and two penalties from 500 snaps on his way to an impressive 77.9 grade from Pro Football Focus.
Carolina might receive a call or two before the deadline regarding Moton’s availability, and the decision-makers should hang up immediately if they know what’s good for them.