If there’s ever a way to be remembered as a coach in the NFL, it’s to take all defensive players in the draft in your rookie season as an NFL head coach. Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule did just that in his first year and had some success with it in 2020 (including taking the defending Super Bowl champs to a near-upset).
Since Rhule has a soft spot for defensive players, why not ship Chandler Jones to Carolina? Haason Reddick and Dan Arnold are already there. In return, the Panthers could give up some offensive players at the same time as well.
Unlike the Eagles, Carolina currently has the cap space (almost $24 million) to do take on Jones’ contract without much maneuvering. So what would the trade look like?
In this trade, the offense gets even more dynamic with Robby Anderson coming to solidify the Cardinals wide receiver corps, and Arizona’s best tight end since the start of the 21st century, Dan Arnold, comes back as well.
This trade may not happen until the end of training camp, when the Panthers will have cut down their roster and increase their cap space even more by releasing their camp bodies. If this deal were to happen and Kliff Kingsbury still couldn’t get the Cardinals to the playoffs, then he should be fired.