The Carolina Panthers are willing to trade quarterback Matt Corral, according to multiple reports. A third-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Corral suffered a season-ending foot injury in the preseason. Corral was drafted by a different coaching staff that included Matt Rhule and Ben McAdoo. With Frank Reich now leading the charge in Carolina, the Panthers seem willing to move in a different direction.
Corral was electric at Ole Miss throughout the 2021 campaign. He completed 67.9% of his passing attempts en route to throwing 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions. A dual-threat scrambler, Corral added a career-high 614 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns to his offensive totals.
The Panthers wouldn’t receive much in exchange for Corral, but as a recent top-100 selection, competing NFL franchises may be willing to roll the dice on Corral’s dual-threat potential. We’ve identified three potential landing spots for Matt Corral via trade.
The Ravens continue to play hardball with franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson received the non-exclusive franchise tag and is free to negotiate with other teams. Jackson has yet to sign an offer sheet and all signs indicate the process will continue dragging out slowly. I believe Jackson will ultimately return to the Ravens in 2023.
General manager Eric DeCosta also placed the low restricted tender on backup signal-caller Tyler Huntley. The Ravens could lose Huntley for nothing, which would create a hole behind their starter. Corral is a mobile runner that’s capable of operating the run-heavy offense Baltimore has fielded in recent years. Corral could be viewed as an intriguing developmental option behind whoever their starter is in 2023.
The Browns lost backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett to free agency on Wednesday. It was an expected outcome for Brissett, who signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Washington Commanders. With Deshaun Watson now free of his suspension, Brissett searched for an alternative destination to compete for a starting job. He found one in Washington.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry must respond to Brissett’s departure by adding another quarterback behind Watson. As things stand, former Texas A&M signal-caller (and current bust) Kellen Mond is scheduled to back up Watson. The Browns can’t simply hand the No. 2 quarterback job to Mond, who’s proven little at the next level. Corral is equally as inexperienced, but at least he could provide Mond with competition throughout training camp.
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford flirted with retirement this past offseason after suffering serious head and back injuries that limited him to nine regular-season appearances in 2022. The Rams remain in win-now mode with an aging core, including head coach Sean McVay who mulled walking away from the game himself. General manager Les Snead must begin thinking about life post-Stafford-and-McVay.
The Rams also lost quarterback Baker Mayfield to free agency after the former No. 1 selection signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. From Mayfield to Jared Goff, McVay is an offensive-minded genius that has routinely maximized his signal-callers. The Rams must add a young arm to develop this offseason. Alternatively, the Rams could draft a mid-round developmental quarterback like Jaren Hall or Hendon Hooker. Corral could be a target while McVay’s still around to influence his ascension.
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