4 quarterback trades the Carolina Panthers should avoid in 2023

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Derek Carr
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Which quarterbacks should the Carolina Panthers avoid in 2023 if they continue with their method of exploring trade opportunities?

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Carolina Panthers are going to add another quarterback in 2023. Only rookie Matt Corral is under contract next season and although Sam Darnold’s recent form is encouraging overall, relying on him long-term represents a risky proposition based on his five NFL campaigns to date.

Whether it’s Steve Wilks or a bright offensive mind, the Panthers have to get their choice right under center. Something previous head coach Matt Rhule couldn’t manage during a disastrous three-year stint in the role.

These rash personnel moves centered on trades more often than not. Baker Mayfield and Darnold didn’t reach the heights expected, but that might not stop those in power from going down this route again if they feel like it can enhance hopes of becoming a contender.

Upon further examination, here are four quarterback trades the Panthers should avoid in 2023.

Quarterback No. 1

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(Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports) Will Levis /

Carolina Panthers should avoid Will Levis

If the Carolina Panthers want a shot at drafting one of the top-three quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft, then they might have to move up. Something that will be discussed given the need for a long-term solution at football’s most important position.

Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud look head and shoulders above the rest. Even though Will Levis‘ intangibles are reportedly drawing real interest from NFL teams across the country, the Panthers would be wise to examine alternatives.