3 potential trade packages for the Panthers to land Marcus Maye

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Marcus Maye and Sam Darnold
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Carolina Panthers trade package No. 1

The Carolina Panthers and New York Jets have done a deal once before this offseason when Sam Darnold made the move from MetLife Stadium. This cost three picks – including a 2022 second-rounder – but general manager Scott Fitterer got his sixth and fourth-rounders back after an incredible period of draft moves this spring.

If those in power identify Marcus Maye as a player who could help them moving forward, then they’d have to potentially part ways with their first-round selection next year. This would give the Jets their first two picks thanks to the Darnold deal and they might be high if things don’t start trending in the right direction.

However, there doesn’t appear to be a safety in the draft that has Maye’s credentials outside of Notre Dame‘s potential star Kyle Hamilton. So it might be a risk worth taking despite the possible extension cost that also comes with this move.

Carolina is keen to build through the draft, so giving up their first-rounder for a veteran won’t be high on their list of priorities. Maye does still have his best football ahead of him, but the Jets hold all the cards for the next few months at least in this scenario.

Offering a first-rounder would certainly result in a discussion within the Jets organization. Whether it would be enough is another matter entirely.