After nearly a decade of dwelling in the cellar of the NFC South, the Carolina Panthers finally escaped from the basement in 2013 by winning the division and earning a first-round bye. Unfortunately, Carolina was bounced by the San Francisco 49ers due to a lack of play-makers on the offensive side of the ball. Moreover, NFL Free Agency has hit the Panthers hard and they are in fear of slipping back to NFL hell.
In fact, Carolina’s losses of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. have all but crippled the reigning NFC South champions’ roster. Therefore, it’s time for Panthers general manager David Gettleman to make a trade and help out his franchise quarterback.
The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly reached their wits end with All-Pro wide receiver DeSean Jackson and that’s great news for Gettleman. Let’s face it: Jackson would work wonders for a Carolina offense that sputtered for most of 2013. Besides, Philadelphia loaded up at wideout this offseason, anyway. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were both given new contracts with the Eagles, while the only time Jackson’s name has come up in conversation is in trade rumors.
Jackson won’t turn 28 years until December and he is under contract until the 2017 season. Needless to say, Carolina would be making an investment by dealing for Jackson, who would come to the Panthers as somewhat of a savior. We all know how the Anquan Boldin trade worked out for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina needs to make a splash trade for Jackson if it hopes to hang tough in the highly-competitive NFC South.