The Carolina Panthers have had their wide receiver depth decimated in the offseason with the losses of Steve Smith who signed with the Baltimore Ravens, Ted Ginn Jr who signed with the Arizona Cardinals and Brandon LaFell who signed with the New England Patriots.
With Philadelphia Eagles looking to part ways with DeSean Jackson, the Panthers could’ve been an interested partner for a trade. Beat writer David Newton doesn’t expect the Panthers to be interested in a trade for Jackson, or even if the Eagles release him.
“The Panthers don’t have any interest in trading for Jackson even though they have been reported as one of several teams that have inquired,” Newton writes on ESPN.com. “Don’t look for that to change even if Jackson is released, which is the apparent direction this is headed. ”
At the heart of it, Newton thinks it would be contradictory to their reasoning for moving on from Smith.
“To go after Jackson after releasing Steve Smith, the team’s all-time leading receiver, because there was concern he could be a locker room distraction would be hard to explain,” writes Newton.