Carolina Panthers Trai Turner

Carolina Panthers trade right guard Trai Turner to Los Angeles Chargers

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  • los angeles chargers
  • nfl free agency
  • Russell Okung
  • Trai Turner
By TylerHabursky March 4, 2020 0 Comment
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The Carolina Panthers traded right guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers for left tackle Russell Okung. What’s next for the Panthers?

Just recently, Marty Hurney and the Carolina Panthers made a deal with Tom Telesco and the Los Angeles Chargers to swap offensive linemen. Carolina sends over a multi-year starter at right guard for a 31-year-old left tackle, Russell Okung. After hearing Panthers owner David Tepper was open to trading multiple players on the roster, it was only a matter of time before a move was made. The Panthers made an agreement to send right guard Trai Turner to the Chargers in exchange for left tackle Russell Okung.

Well, Panthers fans, welcome to the rebuild! After trading Trai Turner, we now have a huge hole at the right guard position with no clear player to fill this role. Dennis Daley has shown his versatility and could be a candidate to fill the hole. After moving Turner, the Panthers clear up $12 million in cap space but take on his $9 million in dead cap. They will also be taking on Okung’s $16 million dollar contract. The trade is not a big tell that Carolina is going full in on a rebuild. However, it’s odd they wouldn’t have traded Turner for draft capital instead of an aging veteran. Russell Okung, 32, is coming off an injury-riddled season. He missed the first half of 2019 with a pulmonary embolism. Okung would miss the final two games as well due to a groin injury.

Once this team rebuilds he won’t be part of the new team, which makes the trade confusing from Carolina’s corner. Going forward, Carolina now does have some more security at tackle, but for a big price. It’s a hefty price for a player that has struggled to stay healthy the last few seasons. There is also a need at right guard. This could be a foreshadowing for more moves to be made as Carolina moves towards a rebuild. Okung will reunite in Carolina with former Chargers offensive line coach Pat Meyer.

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