4 QBs the Carolina Panthers could target to boost backup options in 2022

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Carolina Panthers could trade for Kellen Mond

If the second opinion indicates Sam Darnold needs to miss more time than originally projected, then the Carolina Panthers would be in a sticky situation. While P.J. Walker has won some games during his time with the franchise, some serious flaws could jeopardize Matt Rhule’s chances of finally making some waves as head coach in 2022.

Parting ways with more draft capital for a backup quarterback wouldn’t go down well, one suspects. However, if the Panthers feel like it can provide stability and perhaps some long-term upside, then it’s something general manager Scott Fitterer will consider.

One quarterback who might be on the block in the coming days is Kellen Mond. The second-year-pro has endured a rocky ride throughout his brief stint with the Minnesota Vikings and their recent trade for Nick Mullens indicates that a No. 3 role at best is in his immediate future under the new regime.

There was a lot to like about Mond coming out of Texas A&M in 2021. The arm strength was never classed as elite, but the signal-caller was a smooth mover in the pocket and boasted nice mechanics that were expected to transition well to the professional ranks.

Mond’s relationship with previous head coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t exactly a bed of roses. But failing to impress the new regime enough has cast further clouds on his overall aspirations in Minnesota.