Carolina Panthers: Buyers and sellers guide to the 2020 trade deadline

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Will the Carolina Panthers be sellers?

Another option the Carolina Panthers have before the 2020 trade deadline is to part ways with some roster members and gain some 2021 NFL Draft capital. This might be worth considering if they receive a big offer that could speed up their current rebuild.

Realistically speaking, the Panthers aren’t going to be pushing for a playoff spot this season. Looking at the long-term picture remains of paramount importance and this could see a few veterans on the trade block if a package can be put together.

One such player might be Shaq Thompson, who will see his base salary increase from $4 million to just over $10 million in 2021. A team looking for further assistance at outside linebacker in pursuit of strengthening their Super Bowl hopes might want to take on his deal and give the Panthers a valuable draft pick in return.

Thompson just isn’t worth a double-digit salary the way he is performing at the moment, it’s just that simple.

Fringe players who aren’t getting much time on the field might also explore possibilities for better playing time elsewhere, although it is a little late in the day for that. Carolina isn’t blessed with a significant amount of depth on their roster, so they would need to pick and choose carefully in this particular scenario.