The Carolina Panthers have made some major moves in the last few weeks. After starting the season 1-4, the Panthers fired head coach Matt Rhule, who signed a massive seven-year deal in 2020. That means he made it through only two seasons and five games before ownership felt that a change needed to be made. Now, they could look to trade wide receiver DJ Moore, and the Baltimore Ravens could make sense as a landing spot.
After their Week 6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the changes to the roster began. First, it was wide receiver Robbie Anderson who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. He got into an argument with his position coach in the game and the team quickly moved him.
Later in the week, the Panthers pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending former All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second, third and fourth-round pick in 2023 and a fifth-round pick in 2024. While it has been reported that the Panthers may be done making moves, they do have other players that are generating interest on the trade block.
One of those players is wide receiver, DJ Moore. Carolina is planning to hold onto him and pass rusher Brian Burns, as they want to keep some of their foundational pieces. However, should the right deal present itself, the Panthers should strongly consider dealing Moore as well.
One team that should look into acquiring Moore is the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore made a surprising trade during the 2022 NFL Draft, sending Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a first-round pick. While that was a shrewd move, this is an offense that could certainly use some more weapons at the wide receiver position.
Rashod Bateman has yet to live up to expectations after being selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and behind him are more unproven players. Adding Moore into the mix would elevate this offense to another level alongside tight end Mark Andrews, who leads the team with 455 receiving yards; the next closest is Bateman with only 285.
To part ways with Moore, the Panthers will have to be blown away by an offer. Given the fact that the Ravens made an NFL-high 11 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, including two in the first round, they could be willing to make an offer that Carolina cannot refuse.
Baltimore should offer a first, second and fourth-round pick for Moore and see if the Panthers bite. Their most glaring hole is a go-to wide receiver for Lamar Jackson and Moore would fill that void. It won’t be a rental either, which is partly why they can afford to offer such a steep package, as Moore signed a three-year extension in March of 2022.
That will keep him under contract through 2025, making him a long-term investment for the Ravens that can grow alongside Andrews and Bateman, giving Jackson an impressive group of skill position players to get the ball to.