What trade packages could the Carolina Panthers potentially offer to the Los Angeles Rams for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey?
The crazy time in the NFL off-season has begun with the Los Angeles Rams putting All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey on the trade block. Something that should put the Carolina Panthers and others around the league on red alert.
The Super Bowl hangover in 2022 was not kind to the Rams. They finished 5-12 and are trending towards a rebuild. On the other hand, the Panthers are a team on the rise after a very positive start to their off-season, and acquiring Ramsey would have a profound impact on the team.
Pairing two elite coverage cornerbacks together with a good pass rush is a recipe for success on defense. That is precisely what the Panthers would possess with Ramsey.
There are pros and cons to trading for the star cornerback. Ramsey wants a new contract, and whatever team acquires him will need to pay him a lot of money. Carolina has to do acrobatics with contracts to create enough space to make that happen.
One of the moves Carolina could make to create some space is to trade Donte Jackson. If the Panthers were to acquire Ramsey, the former second-round pick would no longer have a starting role. Add onto the fact that he is coming off an Achilles tear, which could affect his level of play long-term.
It is rare for a player of Ramsey’s caliber to be available via trade, and his desire for a larger contract lowers the number of assets Carolina would have to send to the Rams in a deal. If they can find a way to comfortably fit a new deal for him, general manager Scott Fitterer should take the chance.
With this in mind, here are three hypothetical trade packages the Panthers could offer the Rams for Ramsey.