FACT : The Panthers have what probably is the deepest group of Defensive Ends in the entire NFL.
When NFL teams look for valuable trades, they first look to teams that have talent to spare in the position of need. We all know this, it is obvious. The Panthers have 3rd string defensive ends that would be definite second string or possibly even situational first string players around the NFL.
Here are the locks to make the team, in order of skill level:
Frank Alexander (after 4 game suspension)
Listed are 6 defensive ends that belong on NFL rosters. However, there is probably only room for 5 on the 53 man roster.
I smell a trade.
Gettleman just showed us last night with Kenjon Barner he has the inclination to get something for a player that would be otherwise cut. Smart, very smart.
So who is the odd man out?
Charles Johnson - nope
Greg Hardy - negative
Kony Ealy - not a chance
Frank Alexander.... maybe. Alexander has off field issues and was recently promoted by Ron Rivera as a "Camp MVP". All he needed was a dog or a little kid and he could have been on a morning car dealership commercial.
Mario Addison - Just signed an extension, unlikely
Wes Horton - hmmmmmmm
Wes Horton played 24 snaps against the Chiefs and did well. Rivera put him in with the first and second string. Odd for a guy that is not high on the depth chart.
Could it be that Gettleman and Rivera wanted scouts and GM's around the league to see Horton on film against legitimate offensive tackles? Very possible.
Lots of quality DE's.
Terrible OT depth.
Interesting playing time for Wes Horton....
Something may be going down.