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Should the Panthers trade S Tre Boston?

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The rumor is other teams have inquired about the 4th year safety's availability.

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I find this rumor a little surprising honestly:

Bill Voth of the Black & Blue Review, citing multiple sources, reports that at least one team has contacted the Panthers about S Tre Boston‘s availability in a trade. However, Voth says that the Panthers aren’t shopping Boston around for offers, but it’s safe to assume they’re willing to least at least listen to potential offers for him.

Boston, 24, is a former fourth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2,625,468 contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 $1.79 million for the 2017 season.

First off I'm glad to see Bith Voth is still in the saddle so to speak. The connections throughout the league he has established are valuable. As an outlet for inside information some sports news site will give him a chance I bet, if he wants it anyway. It's tough to run a website on the back end AND provide all the content. I wouldn't even try...but I digress.

The author made an error on Boston's base salary for 2017 which I corrected. It's still a cap friendly deal for a role player in the secondary.

I'm perplexed at this Boston rumor but Voth said he has multiple sources so I'm going to assume its true for this discussion. So if Boston has trade value and the Panthers don't see a future starter in him then why not pull the trigger? Maybe they will? Maybe they are waiting to try and drive up the price right this moment.

There are a couple factors that factor into his trade value. First on the negative side it's a very deep draft at safety, so I'm hearing and seeing from the pundits anyway. A mid-round pick at safety might provide better upside than the 4th year mid-round pick at safety. When focusing just on 2017 though it's hard to think a mid-round rookie could outplay Boston. For all of his inconsistency his first three seasons Boston can make plays, we've seen that. I bet that is also what other teams are seeing too, hence the inquires.

A positive factor is it being the last year of his rookie deal. Boston will be motivated to play well in the final year of his deal with a potential huge pay raise next offseason. A team acquiring Boston can get a good look at him in the preseason and if they keep him into the season, re-sign him before the 2017 season is complete.

One last positive for Boston is his trend upward in production over his three seasons.

Year Team Games Comb Total Ast Sack Safety PDef Int TDs Yds Avg Lng
2016 Carolina Panthers 15 53 38 15 2.0 0 7 2 0 29 14.5 22
2015 Carolina Panthers 16 29 21 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 Carolina Panthers 11 26 18 8 0.0 0 3 1 1 84 84.0 84T
Total Carolina Panthers 42 108 77 31 2.0 0 10 3 1 113 11.3 84T

Here's another stat that might surprise. Boston did not commit a penalty in 2016. Actually Boston has not been charged with a penalty his entire career. Hard to believe right? I just scoured the NFL GSIS penalty report by team for the past three seasons and he hasn't even been charged with a penalty that got declined. So there is that.

So what do you think Panthers fans, would you trade S Tre Boston and if so what would be the minimum you would accept?