As the Chicago Tribune notes, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera can’t say for sure that WR Steve Smith will not be traded at some point during the offseaon. Smith’s name has come up a number of times in different trade rumors. On paper it would make sense for Carolina to consider trade Smith, who will be 32 at the start of next season, and recoup some value in return for him. While their offense is better with him, it isn’t likely that they’ll be competing for their division come next season so moving him would aid the rebuilding process.
The Charlotte Observer mentions that two league sources have told them that they are “not sold” on the idea of taking one of the defensive lineman with the first-overall pick in the upcoming draft. Their sources mention that health concerns surrounding players like Clemson’s DE Da’Quan Bowers and Aubrun’s DT Nick Fairley could having them leaning towards one of QB Cam Newton, QB Blaine Gabbert, or CB Patrick Peterson. Carolina is reported to be looking for an impact player rather than a specific position.