New Panthers GM Scott Fitterer comes from a Seahawks organization that has made some notable trade-down maneuvers. Carolina is now interested in moving back.
The Panthers have held discussions with other teams about trading out of their No. 8 overall draft slot, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Carolina has been linked to a possible quarterback pick, with Fitterer indicating the team’s trade for Sam Darnold would not impede such a move. However, the Panthers could also deal the pick to a team with a greater QB need.
With the Broncos picking ninth, a team moving up to the Panthers’ No. 8 spot would make sense. Teams are viewing Denver as a stealth quarterback seeker, though given the Broncos’ glaring need, it is rather obvious to see why teams would be interested in trading into the Panthers’ position.
The rebuilding Panthers are interested in accumulating more draft capital this year, Peter King of NBC Sports notes. Carolina currently holds seven picks. Interest in adding to that total may result in the Broncos being dealt a blow, one that would possibly make them attempt to trade up. Denver has indeed discussed moving up, according to SI.com’s Albert Breer (on Twitter). The Broncos hold nine picks in this year’s draft, but the only additional selections are seventh-rounders. A move up would surely cost at least one high pick in 2022.
Washington, the Bears and the Patriots have been linked to potential trade-ups for quarterbacks. It is possible the No. 8 spot could be where the fifth quarterback goes, should the Panthers move down. Of course, the Falcons’ decision at 4 will play a big part in determining what the QB situation looks like at 8. Plenty of moving parts exist going into this year’s top 10, and it seems the Panthers are willing to help another team’s cause — for a likely significant price.
The Panthers are not the only team connected to a possible trade-down maneuver. The Dolphins, Lions and Giants — who hold Nos. 6, 7 and 11, respectively — have expressed interest in accumulating more picks as well. All three would represent spots for teams with designs on acquiring one of the top five quarterbacks. The Panthers may well have thrown their hat in this ring as well.