4 big trades the Carolina Panthers could still make this offseason

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Stephon Gilmore – CB

There is no denying the fact that more reinforcements are needed at cornerback for the Carolina Panthers this offseason. They don’t have much in the way of viable options behind Donte Jackson, so it doesn’t matter whether this comes via free agency, the NFL Draft, or from a possible trade, just as long as it arrives.

If the Panthers want to go for broke regarding a proven veteran, then Stephon Gilmore is a player worth considering. The cornerback is reportedly keen on a move away from the New England Patriots and is now on the last year of his contract, where he will make a base salary of $7 million.

When Gilmore is fit and firing on all cylinders, he is still one of the best around. Last season didn’t go according to plan for the All-Pro due to injury. But that should not detract from what a special player he is.

Much will depend on the compensation involved where Gilmore is concerned. Bill Belichick is renowned for driving a hard bargain and if the Patriots demand a first-round pick, Carolina should hang up the phone.

Considering his contract situation and the fact Gimnore is coming off a down year, perhaps a Day 2 selection might be enough to tempt New England into doing a deal.