3 updated trade offers for the Panthers to land Deshaun Watson

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Carolina Panthers trade package No. 3

It’s going to take a king’s ransom to land Deshaun Watson. Anyone who thinks otherwise despite his obvious unhappiness is kidding themselves.

A bounty of top-end NFL Draft picks is just the start. The Houston Texans also want players who can make a difference for them in 2021 and possibly beyond, which might be a little rich for many people’s blood, but the benefits to getting Watson are endless for the Carolina Panthers.

This is a “go hard or go home” scenario, so parting ways with cornerback Donte Jackson could end up being a realistic proposition despite the significant lack of depth at the position.

Jackson looked like a No. 1 corner once he finally rid himself of the toe problem that made his contribution minimal during the first half of the campaign. The former LSU standout is looking for a new deal after this season and although the salary-cap might look more prosperous by this time, there is just no telling what financial resources will be available given how much COVID-19 is still impacting everything around us.

Losing Jackson would mean the Panthers need to go after a couple of experienced cornerbacks with what little money there is available, re-sign either Corn Elder or Rasul Douglas, and hope the rookie duo of Troy Pride Jr. and Stantley Thomas-Oliver can make some serious strides in the coming months.

Shaq Thompson clearly needs a strong linebacker alongside him to get the best out of the player. This is something the Texans could offer with Zach Cunningham and adding Teddy Bridgewater to the package would be the icing on the cake from Carolina’s point of view.