4 possible 2020 trade deadline regrets for the Carolina Panthers

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What could the Carolina Panthers regret from the 2020 trade deadline?

Despite plenty of speculation to the contrary, the Carolina Panthers opted to stand firm and not make a move at the 2020 trade deadline. This wasn’t that much of a surprise given their 3-5 record, with 2021 NFL Draft capital becoming more valuable with every passing defeat.

With some stiff challenges on the schedule between now and the end of the campaign, the Carolina Panthers might just end up with a pick similar to the No. 7 selection they allocated on defensive tackle Derrick Brown in 2020. This wouldn’t necessarily put them in play for a top quarterback prospect such as Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields, it would give them another strong foundation from which to build another successful draft.

There is a lot of football to be played between now and then. Carolina will not want what was once a promising campaign to burn out in a way that leaves more questions than answers, and head coach Matt Rhule will now have to work with the tools he has at his disposal.

It remains to be seen whether the Panthers will bring some proven free agents to help in the coming weeks. But this might be a better chance for fringe players to get more time on the field and show the coaching staff whether they are worth keeping beyond this season.

Let’s take a look at four possible regrets the Panthers might have from not making any moves before the November 3 trade deadline earlier this week.