In a very rare intradivision trade the New Orleans Saints traded slot receiver Willie Snead to their division rivals the Carolina Panthers in exchange for two draft picks.
Rumors about these two teams engaging in trade talks began a couple weeks ago and most pundits assumed the player likely involved was RB Mark Ingram, so it came as a shock when it was announced that Snead was the one changing teams. The speedy slot receiver had a great 2016 leading the Saints in receptions and yards with 90 and 1037 respectively, but apparently the team wants to go into another direction.
While Carolina had a great season in 2016, most of their offense was based on power running and it seems that the Panthers are ready to put more responsability on Cam Newton’s arm. Not only they traded for Snead but the team also signed free-agent Justin Hunter and most draft experts have them taking Mississippi’s WR Kaden Brooks with their first round pick; thats’s why everyone assumed the Panthers would be interested in RB Mark Ingram instead.
Speaking of the running back position, Carolina’s GM was asked about it since the only RB on the depth chart is last year’s 6th round pick Dennis Sullivan who only had 2 rushing attempts and 2 yards last season and apparently the team swing-and-missed on free agents Matt Forte, Jamaal Charles and Darren McFadden. He said: “No, thats false, we were never interested in those players. I mean, we have signed 10 players so far meaning that everyone we ever wanted is now wearing our uniform. We have confidence in Sullivan plus Jonathan Stewart was with us for more than a decade and everyone on the organization loves him so there’s a chance we can have him back at some point.”
Asked about the rumour of Adrian Peterson joining the team via trade he responded: “Everyone would love to have a legend (sic) like Peterson on their team but right now he’s a Viking and as you can see we want to change our team into a more pass-heavy unit, so no. Our phones are always working but we have had no talks about A.D. whatsoever.”
In another news, the team was visited by former member and current free agent Charles Godfrey who’s right now dealing with post-concussion syndrome that will leave him out of the football field for over a year so there’s questions about the Panthers wanting to sign him as a coach instead. Free agents LT Marcus Cannon and SS Shawn Willians were also in the building but left without a contract.