4 Panthers players who could be traded before the 2021 deadline

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Matt Paradis – Carolina Panthers C

The time could almost be upon the Carolina Panthers to end the Matt Paradis experiment. His level of production in 2021 hasn’t been up to the required standard – especially in pass protection – which is something that could end up hurting the team as the campaign goes on.

In fairness to Paradis, he’s never really had consistent guards alongside him on the interior. But the simple fact is he should be doing better.

The Panthers seem willing to go with veteran experience over youth at this juncture.

However, at some stage, they need to see just what exactly the likes of Sam Tecklenburg, Deonte Brown, and Brady Christensen can do over a consistent period of time in order to decide what might be needed in free agency or during the 2022 NFL Draft.

It’s not like they can be any worse collectively.

At the same time, there must be a reason why Carolina’s decision-makers are being so cautious with them.

Trading Paradis before the deadline would come with a dead-cap figure of $4.14 million and a saving of $1.49 million, per Over the Cap. Not exactly the biggest temptation in the world, but getting a draft pick in return for a player who’ll probably be gone at the end of the season should be considered if the right offer comes along.