5 more trades the Carolina Panthers could make before Week 1

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Nick Foles – QB

It is baffling Nick Foles remains a Chicago Bear, whether through a cut or a trade this isn’t going to be the case for much longer. The quarterback isn’t going to be carried on the roster as their third option and he certainly won’t be leapfrogging former Ohio State signal-caller Justin Fields as the primary backup entering 2021.

For the Carolina Panthers, acquiring Foles isn’t about trusting Sam Darnold.

It is about having a capable backup and a player who can help Darnold deal with the highs and lows of being a starting quarterback.

Foles is a veteran who has seen plenty of both. Having him join the Carolina roster instead of P.J. Walker or Will Grier is an instant upgrade. Something those in power should strongly consider if the price is right.

This is a role Foles has experience in. He thrives in the backup role and won a Super Bowl from that position with the Philadelphia Eagles after stepping in at a moment’s notice when Carson Wentz went down.

Foles would provide Carolina with a legitimate option behind Darnold, which is something they currently lack.

The Panthers should only make this move. However, if the Bears cut Foles and he hits the open market, spending trade assets on a player unlikely to see the field isn’t ideal for a team that is still a year away from being a legitimate contender.