5 trade targets for the Carolina Panthers to consider before 2021 deadline

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Which potential trade targets could the Carolina Panthers look to acquire before the 2021 deadline?

It’s safe to say the Carolina Panthers are leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of putting together a leading contender much sooner than expected. A promising start from the team followed by two straight defeats has seen general manager Scott Fitterer make adjustments to the original plan, becoming extremely active in the trade market in recent weeks.

The Panthers got their hands on C.J. Henderson from the Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off another major coup for the cornerback room when All-Pro Stephon Gilmore came on board from the New England Patriots for a sixth-round pick in 2023.

There is a real purpose in the front office these days. A refreshing change from years gone past under previous regimes and the Panthers might not be done yet if the right opportunity presents itself.

With this in mind, here are five trade targets the Panthers might consider exploring ahead of the 2021 deadline.

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Andre Dillard – OT

The Carolina Panthers need help at the left tackle position to be considered a real threat in the postseason if they make it that far. Scott Fitterer’s made a few calls but no team is going to willingly give up productive offensive linemen at this stage of the season.

If that changes before the 2021 deadline, then someone like Andre Dillard could be available at the right price. The former first-round pick has been demoted to a rotational piece on the Philadelphia Eagles when everybody is healthy, which wasn’t in the script when the NFC East team selected him out of Washington State.

Dillard performed well at the Panthers on Sunday. But with depth a real problem across the league, Carolina would have to make a pretty big offer.