The Lions shocked the NFL world over the weekend when they traded former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford to the Rams for Jared Goff, two first round picks and a third round pick. Multiple reports had confirmed that the Rams weren’t the only team interested in trading for the Lions’ quarterback, and to no one’s surprise the Panthers were one of the teams involved in the frenzy.
However, according to Albert Breer in today’s edition of the MMQB, the Panthers were one of the more aggressive teams involved in the attempt to land the former No. 1 pick:
Both Washington and Carolina had offered their first-round picks and then some. The Panthers’ first-rounder is eighth (that wound up being the highest pick offered) and their proposal came with a later pick. Washington packaged a third-round pick with the 19th pick. ... Anyway, by midday on Saturday, Washington and Carolina had emerged as the favorites to land Stafford, and the Lions came to the realization that a deal could be in the offing. But if they’d guessed at that point where Stafford was going, they’d have probably been wrong.
One one hand, it’s nice to see that Scott Fitterer meant what he said when he claimed that the Panthers would be in on every deal. On the other hand, I’m not a huge fan of trading the No. 8 overall pick (plus a later round pick) for Matthew Stafford. If the Panthers were going to trade the No. 8 pick away for a quarterback, I would much rather it be for Deshaun Watson since he’s only 25 years old (instead of 33) and has the potential to provide a lot more return on investment than Stafford. That’s not taking anything away from Stafford, mind you, but I’d rather invest the No. 8 pick in a much younger prospect than a quarterback on the homestretch of his career.
What do you think, Panthers fans? Would you have traded the No. 8 pick for Matthew Stafford? Why or why not? Let’s hear your thoughts!