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LAC Trading R.Okung to CAR for T.Turner

It's rare in the NFL to see one veteran player traded for another with no draft picks involved. It's rarer still when those two players are starters in the same position group. But that's what the Chargers and Panthers have agreed to. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, L.A. will send OT Russell Okung to Carolina for G Trai Turner. 

Okung turns 32 in October. He started his career in Seattle, playing in the Super Bowl twice, before spending 2016 with the Denver Broncos. In 2017 he signed a four-year deal with the Chargers, playing 15 games in each of his first two seasons with the team, but missed 10 games in 2019 due to blood clots and a groin injury. He has one year left on his contract, with $15.5 million due in salary and bonuses.

Turner turns 27 this season. He has started at least 13 games for each of the last five years. He is under contract for two more seasons, with cap hits of $12.8 million in 2020 and $15.4 million in 2021.

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4 comments, Last at 04 Mar 2020, 9:29pm

1 What do the Panthers get…

What do the Panthers get from this, other than potentially clearing some cap space in 2022?

They seem to get the less valuable player on the bigger contract for a year, having suffered from blood clots myself I’d be worried about Okung lasting a season (if he is on prophylactic blood-thinners then he will bruise more easily, and be advised against non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers, both of which strike me as less than ideal for anyone in the trenches). I wish him luck and health.

3 Carolina must be trying to…

Carolina must be trying to wipe the slate completely clean for 2021... trading Turner now means they eat $10 million in dead cap for 2020 rather than $5 million the following year (assuming they were going to trade/release Turner at that time).

Panthers are currently eating $37.6 million in dead money in 2020...

Since it seems like they don't care about this coming season, I'm not sure why they made this trade for an expensive veteran tackle with serious health issues rather than a draft pick. Even though I can see a benefit to having a veteran, competent starter on the line in a non-competitive year - you don't want to get the QB killed or stunt the development of your young players with a disastrous line - do they know if Okung is healthy?