The move also does clear cap space in 2021, which would be the final year of Turner’s deal. Okung’s contract expires after 2020.
However, the swap of a 26-year-old guard for a 31-year-old tackle on its face doesn’t appear to be a rebuilding move, and Rodrigue and Person note the Panthers definitely seem to be headed for a rebuild in 2020 even if everyone in the organization isn’t necessarily on the same page about that.
According to WFNZ’s Kyle Bailey, the Panthers are interested in trying Little out at guard to see how he fits, mentioning a past move of OL Travelle Wharton from tackle inside to guard.
In a radio interview on WEEI, Saints QB Drew Brees made it clear that while he hasn’t re-signed with the team yet, it’s only a matter of time: “Listen, I have no intention of going anywhere. I don’t care what the offer would be or what the situation might be, I am Who Dat Nation for life.”
According to the Athletic’s Katherine Terrell, Saints LB Kiko Alonso‘s rehab from a torn ACL is going well, but it’s still likely New Orleans asks him to take some kind of pay cut.