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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08: Russell Okung #76 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks to the scoreboard against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)

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.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 22: Trai Turner #70 of the Carolina Panthers warms-up before the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

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.


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