3 potential trade packages for the Panthers to land Marcus Maye

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Carolina Panthers trade package No. 3

The New York Jets have some talent on their defensive front, but they could use another young pass-rusher with the potential to be a star. Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, and Carl Lawson have plenty going for them, so if the Carolina Panthers were to offer them Yetur Gross-Matos as part of a trade for Marcus Maye, it’s something they might consider.

Gross-Matos showed glimpses of what he’s capable of during his rookie season. The 2020 second-round pick certainly has the size, strength, and explosiveness to become a real problem in the coming years and his reputation might actually be even greater had it not been for injury and a spell on the COVID-19 list.

This would be a big decision for the Panthers to make in this scenario. Gross-Matos is a dynamic young edge rusher that has all the tools Carolina is currently building around, but the presence of Haason Reddick and Brian Burns could mean he’ll be a key backup next season.

Sacrificing the Penn State product to acquire Maye has its benefits. Although it would get away from the current direction of the organization under Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer.

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Fitterer has stated he’ll be in on every deal, and he’s been true to his word so far. Maye represents a player that could make a significant difference and if it means giving up Gross-Matos, a conversation needs to be had.