The Panthers added an O-lineman today but had to give up 5-time pro-bowler, Trai Turner to do it.
Former Seahawk, Bronco and Charger, Russel Okung, is headed to Charlotte in a swap of o-lineman. Trai Turner will head to the Chargers while Okung comes to the Carolina. The left tackle position was an area of need so that appears to be the driving force behind the trade.
One also has to wonder if this has to do with a new scheme? Panther’s new O-line coach Pat Meyer had been reportedly lobbying for “a while” for the Panthers to trade for Okung. He previously coached Okung so there is a connection there.
This is a move that has left many Panther fans scratching their heads. Why would they trade a 26-year-old o-lineman making roughly $10 mil a year for a 32-year-old left tackle who will make close to $16 mil this season? There is a little upside at this point in time. Okung only has one year let on his deal so the panthers can get his money off the books after next season. Okung has also started every game he’s played (124 games) and he’s got the second-most postseason starts among active tackles (14).
Only time will tell what the Panther’s plan is but one thing is for sure, no one can guess what they’ll do next.