The Carolina Panthers haven’t figured out their quarterback situation.
Sam Darnold is still on the roster, but having him start under center might be the team’s last option.
Meanwhile, P.J. Walker is the other play-caller left, and there isn’t much to expect from him either.
That said, the Panthers have two options to deepen their quarterback depth chart.
First, they can use their first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to select a quarterback.
Typically, having the sixth overall selection is enough to land a viable starter.
However, this year’s quarterback draft class is unappealing even if scouts and coaches attended the Combine and pro days.
No one is a can’t-miss talent, and all of them might take several seasons before regularly taking the field.
Second, they can trade for a veteran quarterback to stabilize their offense.
The Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers are trying to move them as soon as possible, but there have been no takers.
The Seattle Seahawks might also be in the market for a quarterback, but trade talks haven’t picked up steam.
However, ESPN’s David Newton shed light on why Carolina will not give a go signal for a potential trade.
That Panthers GM Scott Fitterer GM isn't interested in trading future second- or third-round picks for a veteran QB is another reason why a trade for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo makes no sense. No benefit to Browns or 49ers to trade up without getting draft capital.
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) April 26, 2022
Newton tweeted, “That Panthers GM Scott Fitterer GM isn’t interested in trading future second- or third-round picks for a veteran QB is another reason why a trade for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo makes no sense. No benefit to Browns or 49ers to trade up without getting draft capital.”
Staying Put Is The Best Option
The Panthers are better off finding their franchise quarterback through the draft, be it this year or next.
There’s no sense bringing in a quarterback that might not stay in the long run.
Yes, they could be competitive for a while, but Mayfield and Garoppolo have been liabilities in the past.
Besides, the 49ers and the Browns have all of their bases covered, making the possibility of a trade-up their last option.