5 shock departures the Panthers could trade before 2022 deadline

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Yetur Gross-Matos
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Yetur Gross-Matos – Carolina Panthers DE

Much has been made of the interest in Brian Burns from potential suitors since Matt Rhule was fired. The Carolina Panthers turned down an offer consisting of two first-round selections for the Pro Bowler according to ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter, so it’s highly likely that they would resist any further advances before the trade deadline arrives.

Perhaps an offer for Yetur Gross-Matos would be more welcome. The defensive end has yet to hit the heights expected when the Panthers took him at No. 38 overall out of Penn State, failing to become an effective pass-rushing presence opposite Burns this season after being promoted into a starting role.

Gross-Matos is a free agent in 2024 and with more questions than answers about his ability to contribute, Carolina might look to get something back in return for the player despite their lack of replacements on the roster.

Henry Anderson is no longer around, Marquis Haynes is dealing with an injury, and the Panthers appear reluctant to install sixth-rounder Amare Barno onto the rotation right now. This could be a saving grace for Gross-Matos, for the current campaign at least.

Scott Fitterer has made a point of stating Carolina wants to build around its draft selections for a sustainable future. But there will come a time when Gross-Matos’ performances could mean he’s no longer part of the team’s plans.