3 reasons Panthers QB Will Grier might be trade bait this offseason
By Dean Jones
Will Grier will never be the starter in Carolina
Another reason for the Carolina Panthers to cut their losses with Will Grier is the fact he is never going to be their starter. The organization went in a completely different direction during free agency when they acquired Teddy Bridgewater on a four-year, $64 million deal with a $15 million signing bonus and $33 million guaranteed, who has done well, on the whole, this season.
What is more telling from Grier’s perspective is Matt Rhule’s preference to use P.J. Walker as the primary backup more often than not. The former XFL standout worked with the head coach during their time together in college and his dual-threat ability is something the Panthers clearly value more than a stereotypical pocket-passer at this juncture.
Everything seems to indicate Grier doesn’t have much of a future in Carolina, regardless of his potential. As stated previous, outside of general manager Marty Hurney, there won’t be much in the way of loyalty to a player who was drafted before the new coaching staff ended up on the Panthers and it’s hard to deny he’s nothing more than a No. 3 option behind Bridgewater and Walker.
Getting a team to part ways with draft capital is always difficult. Grier is still young enough to forge a successful career in the NFL providing he has learned from the mistakes that haunted him as a rookie. But a change of scenery is looking like the only way he’s going to accomplish this.