5 Carolina Panthers who could be shopped before the 2021 trade deadline

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Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers WR

The Carolina Panthers gave Robby Anderson a significant vote of confidence in the offseason with a two-year contract extension. But this hasn’t transitioned into performances on the field as yet.

Anderson has looked like a shell of his former self despite his previous connection with quarterback Sam Darnold from their time together on the New York Jets. The chemistry between the two hasn’t been there more often than not and the player himself has also suffered some mental complications with drops.

There’s no denying Anderson’s talent. His 1,000-yard receiving campaign in 2020 is proof he has what it takes.

But if the Panthers are hell-bent on trying to fix Darnold, then Anderson might welcome a fresh start elsewhere.

This would come with a pretty big dead-cap hit – $7.38 million to be precise according to Over the Cap. However, if another team offers up something too good to refuse for Anderson, then the Panthers would be foolish not to consider it.

Of course, trading for Anderson would be a much more attractive proposition for any team had he not been given a new deal before the season began. It would also leave the Panthers relying on D.J. Moore, Terrace Marshall Jr., Shi Smith, Keith Kirkwood, and Alex Erickson as their legitimate targets for the rest of the year.