Carolina Panthers trade offer No. 1
Scott Fitterer has a strong reputation for his negotiating skills during the draft. But if the Carolina Panthers don’t want to be cut short, this potential arrangement with the Chicago Bears needs to happen much sooner.
Chicago’s leading front office figure Ryan Poles confirmed as much during his media availability at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. The general manager stated that ideally, they’d like to have something confirmed one way or another before the start of free agency, which would further strengthen their position with $98.02 million to spend.
"“There are some scenarios that might benefit us to move before free agency opens, potentially. But, again, when we get back with all the information that we’ve gathered from here, I think we’ll have a better direction. It’s really just kind of starter conversations right now; nothing specific about players, picks and all that. It’s just interest.”"
If this is the route Carolina goes down, it’s going to cost a significant amount of draft capital. But if they find their franchise player after countless seasons in quarterback purgatory, so what?
Three first-rounders over the next three years coupled with the second-rounder acquired from the Christian McCaffrey trade would give the Bears pause for thought. But even this might not be enough if a bidding war breaks out.