6 big offseason mistakes made by the Carolina Panthers at midseason

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Carolina Panthers traded Denzel Perryman

The Carolina Panthers’ defense is exceptional and would be a whole lot better if the offense started pulling its weight. Phil Snow’s unit is fast, energetic, and boasts playmakers everywhere you look to be among the league’s best judging by what we’ve seen over the first half of the campaign.

If there was one slight criticism, it’s a lack of depth at the second level. Trading away Denzel Perryman to the Las Vegas Raiders was a strange move, although the free-agent signing was deemed a bad fit and his vaccination status was something else that clearly played a part in this decision.

At least from a football standpoint, Perryman is making this move look foolish. He’s been nothing short of outstanding for the Raiders this season, which is reflected in the linebacker’s 91 tackles through the first eight games.

Granted, Perryman would probably be a rotational piece on Carolina’s defense that also has Jermaine Carter, Haason Reddick, Shaq Thompson, and Frankie Luvu within their linebacker corps. But the options after that are nothing to shout about and there’s little doubt Perryman could have provided some assistance.

This move isn’t been largely felt. However, it was a mistake whichever way one looks at it.