Carolina Panthers trade package No. 3
This deal is obviously based around draft picks to help the Baltimore Ravens replae a player of Lamar Jackson’s caliber. In this deal, the Carolina Panthers opt to pay a steeper price, dealing five first and second round picks over the next three seasons, which inclue two first rounders.
Jackson is going to demand a huge return. But it isn’t impossible a team acquires the quarterback in an unlikely trade for this sort of compensation.
Any team that trades for Jackson is in turn going to have to give the star quarterback a record contract. Keeping the price very steep but not unreasonable.
Giving Baltimore five early picks and a top ten selection this year is more than fair for a player who while a star is coming off of a serious injury and will be given guaranteed money. From Carolina’s perspective the trade is an instant win for a roster already good enough to compete in a very open NFC conference.
The problem would be two years from now when the Panthers lack the needed draft picks to deepen their roster. Whether it is Los Angeles Rams or the Tampa Bay Buccanneers within their division, there are plenty of examples of what happens to teams who go all in.
Acquiring Jackson sets their Super Bowl clock ticking as soon as they make the blockbuster move. Unless a concise plan is in place, it might be a painful rebuild – one that will be well worth it if the story ends as it did for Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.