5 Carolina Panthers under the microscope after Robbie Anderson trade

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Which Carolina Panthers find themselves under the microscope after the team opted to trade wide receiver Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals?

It was another Monday with an air of inevitability for the Carolina Panthers. After wide receiver Robbie Anderson was sent to the locker room by interim head coach Steve Wilks during their Week 6 loss at the Los Angeles Rams, the organization swiftly moved on the veteran via trade for a sixth-round pick in 2024 and a seventh-rounder in 2025.

Anderson now gets the chance to reignite his career with the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray, who is undeniably the most talented signal-caller he’s ever had the pleasure of working with. The Panthers are also eating just over $19 million in dead cap for good measure.

This is the latest in a series of moves that have the fanbase questioning how things are being run. The mess Matt Rhule left behind is substantial, but it won’t be much longer before others start being held accountable for the current state of affairs.

With that in mind, here are five Panthers that now find themselves firmly under the microscope following Anderson’s trade to Arizona.

Panther No. 1

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(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) Samir Suleiman /

Samir Suleiman – Carolina Panthers VP of football admin

Deemed a salary-cap guru by many, Samir Suleiman is facing a significant complication as the Carolina Panthers get set to enter yet more financial turmoil in the coming months.

Giving Robbie Anderson a lucrative contract extension after one good season was another fatal move that brought little reward on the field. Further proof of the front office overvaluing some established individuals without focusing on the bigger picture.

The salary cap can be manipulated, one only has to look at the New Orleans Saints to see that. However, there will be plenty of scrutiny in Suleiman’s direction next spring regardless.