4 possible 2020 trade deadline regrets for the Carolina Panthers

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Not trading for Quinnen Williams

If the Carolina Panthers were looking for a long-term partner for Derrick Brown, then Quinnen Williams is a player with some enormous promise that they probably could have secured for the right price before the trade deadline.

The New York Jets held something of a fire sale to acquire some more draft picks ahead of some big changes this offseason and any team will probably never get a better opportunity to bring Williams to their organization. His level of play this season has been eye-catching, to say the least, and it looks like the former Alabama standout is finally starting to live up to his billing after entering the league as the No. 3 overall pick in 2019.

Good defensive linemen who can rush the passer on the interior are hard to find. Williams fits into this category and his style of play would undoubtedly complement Brown’s physical attributes well.

Although the Jets claimed Williams was not made available for trade, this mindset could have been altered with an offer they couldn’t refuse. Carolina is set to move on from Pro Bowl veteran Kawann Short and his $20.83 million salary-cap hit next spring, so bringing in an exciting young player would have made a ton of sense.