3 trade packages the Panthers could offer for stud LB Roquan Smith

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Carolina Panthers trade offer No. 1

The cheapest offer that the Chicago Bears would begrudgingly accept for Roquan Smith is a Day 2 pick and player compensation. In this trade suggestion, the Carolina Panthers give up one of their young wide receivers who they hope will take a step forward and grow after an indifferent rookie campaign.

If the Bears would agree to a deal in this ballpark – which is plausible considering Terrace Marshall Jr.’s obvious upside, Carolina might send in the offer without hesitation. The problem right now is the team appears to still be attempting to mend fences with their young linebacker and the Panthers or anyone else could be out of luck if Chicago pays him the going rate.

The only downside of this potential deal for Carolina is the fact that after acquiring Smith, they would have virtually no salary-cap space, leaving little flexibility for in-season moves.

It is worth pointing out the fact that any team trading for Smith will have to reward him with a long-term deal. That is the current problem in Chicago and what has broken down the relationship between Smith and the front office, but money talks at the end of the day, and the situation can clearly resolve positively.

The clock is ticking for head coach Matt Rhule with an impatient owner and two seasons’ worth of swings and misses, meaning his job could be on the line in 2022. For progression to occur, the team needs to drastically improve and trading for Smith accomplishes that in no uncertain terms.