Carolina Panthers trade offer No. 1
While the thought of trading for another quarterback probably fills most Carolina Panthers fans with dread after the Matt Rhule era, this one seems different. Rather than being down on his luck, Justin Fields is ascending and has his best years ahead of him.
Despite the Chicago Bears offering little in the way of protection in front of Fields, the quarterback made encouraging strides in 2022. His dual-threat ability was a constant complication for opposing defenses to overcome, with the player also demonstrating progress in terms of pocket presence and decision-making for good measure.
There is still some work ahead for Fields, there’s no getting away from that. But the Panthers now have a legitimate coaching staff capable of maximizing his exceptional talent next season and possibly beyond.
If the Bears did take calls for Fields – which does appear unlikely despite recent rumors – then the price would be relatively steep. However, if the Panthers offered Chicago the No. 9 overall selection, it might make those in power think twice.
This would allow the Bears to get Bryce Young and a potential difference-maker on the offensive line or at the skill positions. Carolina gets themselves a future franchise quarterback that many believed should have been their No. 8 overall selection in 2021.