Panthers draft rumors: Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Teddy Bridgewater, meetings

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Kyle Pitts
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What are some 2021 NFL Draft rumors currently circulating regarding the Carolina Panthers in the aftermath of their trade for Sam Darnold?

There is plenty of excitement in the air regarding the Carolina Panthers following their decision to trade for Sam Darnold. The quarterback’s arrival has been met with a largely positive response from the team’s fanbase, although they are rightfully airing on the side of caution after the player’s recent struggles with the New York Jets.

Giving up three draft picks over the next two years is something of a gamble where Carolina is concerned. But the trade has undoubtedly opened up options as to which way they could go at No. 8 overall.

General manager Scott Fitterer didn’t rule out the notion of selecting a quarterback in the first round. However, this is more likely to be a smokescreen than anything else with more obvious needs that need addressing.

Without further ado, we took a look around for a round-up of the latest rumors surrounding the Panthers and the draft, which start with another pick potentially coming their way by trading Teddy Bridgewater.

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Broncos remain most likely suitor for Bridgewater

According to NBC Sports, the Denver Broncos remain the most likely trade partners for Teddy Bridgewater as the organization looks for a more stable solution if things regress with Drew Lock in 2021. The quarterback was given permission to seek a move away from the Carolina Panthers following their acquisition of Sam Darnold, but there are some significant financial complications that need to be solved before a deal is struck.

Bridgewater is owed a base salary of $17 million next season, which is much higher than an NFL backup typically earns. This needs to be carefully worked out by the player, the Panthers, and any willing suitor before compensation is discussed, with the prospect of Carolina taking on some of this deal a likely one.

The writing is clearly on the wall for Bridgewater, who didn’t do enough under center to be considered a viable long-term option. Carolina wasted no time in getting what they hope will be an upgrade, so the former first-round pick is probably welcoming a move at this juncture.