4 winners and losers from the Carolina Panthers pre-roster cut trades

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Dennis Daley
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Who were the big winners and losers from the Carolina Panthers trades as the 53-man roster deadline fast approaches?

One cannot ever accuse Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer of sitting on his hands. The front office figure is one of the league’s most aggressive when it comes to trades, something that was once again evident on Monday before the team finalizes its 53-man roster in 2022.

The Panthers kicked off another eventful day with the acquisition of wide receiver/running back Laviska Shenault Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Carolina gave up two Day 3 selections over two years to secure his services, which could see him occupy a hybrid role within Ben McAdoo’s complex scheme.

This was swiftly followed by the news Dennis Daley and a seventh-rounder had been traded to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Considering the offensive lineman was going to get cut, this represents a tremendous bit of business by Fitterer in the grand scheme of things.

With this in mind, here are four winners and losers from the Panthers’ latest series of trades before the 2022 campaign.

Winner No. 1

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(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Ikem Ekwonu and Cade Mays /

Cade Mays – Carolina Panthers OL

Moving Dennis Daley was the clearest sign yet that Cade Mays will hold a prominent spot on the offensive line depth chart during his rookie campaign. The sixth-round pick made a positive impression throughout the summer and also has the versatility to play almost anywhere across the protection if injury strikes.

This is something the Carolina Panthers value highly. Mays can now feel confident about his short and long-term aspirations after the Panthers parted ways with Daley, who never lived up to his promise and displayed almost no accountability in 2021.