The Philadelphia Eagles and Panthers both get what they want here.
There are at least 15 different reasons why this works. Here are about five.
One, we know the Carolina Panthers called the Eagles at the trade deadline last November to inquire about Andre Dillard‘s services. No deals were made at that time, but with so many teams having a need for a left tackle, Philly will never get more for Dillard than they’d get for him now.
The Panthers can’t walk into 2022 without a left tackle. They just can’t.
Second, Dillard wasn’t built for Philly. He’s a Washington product that, frankly, can’t handle the pressure cooker that is the City of Brotherly Love. Can you believe the Eagles drafted him and never had a conversation with him?
He can move on to Charlotte, which is a much more laid-back city, and play without having the pressure of being a former first-round selection that lost his job to a rugby star that never played football before 2018.
Third, despite the fact that there were early theories that suggested the Eagles could land Ahmad Gardner in the middle of Round 1, his stock has skyrocketed. If the Birds are to land him, they’ll have to move up. Carolina doesn’t have the same need at the position after taking Jaycee Horn a year ago.
Fourth, there isn’t the same buzz about this draft’s quarterbacks that we’ve seen about recently drafted signal-callers in years past. Carolina can still land one of this draft’s best quarterbacks if they move back to 15.
Lastly, This trade gives the Panthers two more picks, including a second-rounder (which they currently don’t have). Philly swaps said second-rounder and their seventh-rounder for Carolina’s fourth-rounder just to sweeten the pot.