4 reasons Panthers could have traded Brian Burns and D.J. Moore

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Carolina Panthers could have had another top-10 pick

The Green Bay Packers let everyone know after the trade deadline that they did everything in their power to provide Aaron Rodgers with improved weapons. It’s been a season of major underachievement for the defending NFC North champions, who are now way behind the Minnesota Vikings after an abysmal loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 9.

Offering the Carolina Panthers a first-round selection to secure D.J. Moore’s services was one last throw of the dice before the 2022 trade deadline. However, there’s a high chance this is going to be a top-10 pick given their current trajectory, which shifts the landscape considerably in this particular scenario.

Are the Panthers in any sort of position to turn down a top-10 selection for Moore?

If we’re being truthful, absolutely not.

Carolina would have two high-end selections to utilize and more after trading Christian McCaffrey for a king’s ransom to the San Francisco 49ers. This not only increases their options in 2023, but it might also make them a more attractive destination for potential head coaching targets for good measure.

Moore might have moved the needle slightly in Green Bay. But given how things are completely falling apart, it wouldn’t be by much.

The Panthers’ offense returned to its normal disastrous production in Week 9. Moore was a bystander once again and considering additional changes could be on the horizon, Carolina should have cashed in and received another prominent first-round selection to boost their rebuild.