The Panthers announced that they sent linebacker Denzel Perryman and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick to the Raiders in exchange for a sixth-rounder next year on Wednesday. Essentially, Carolina realized that the 28-year-old wouldn’t see much playing time this upcoming year and decided to bank some draft capital for the future.
Perryman lost the starting job to Jermaine Carter Jr. as Matt Rhule confirmed earlier this week. At the same time, the Panthers head coach revealed that the 28-year-old linebacker would be out for a bit after getting stepped on by a teammate in practice.
“Yeah, he got stepped on yesterday,” Rhule said on Tuesday, per Panthers on SI. “So, he had a new injury yesterday unfortunately for him. The guy has worked hard to come back from the hip flexor and he was moving around and just got stepped on yesterday, it was kind of a freak deal. He was running to the ball hard, got stepped on so we’re hoping it’s not long but we’re just being careful with him.”
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 26, 2021
Already, Perryman had been limited this summer as he battled back from a hip flexor injury. He will need to pass a physical before the Panthers-Raiders trade becomes official.
Since coming into the league with the Chargers in 2015, Perryman has battled injuries that have prevented him from playing in all 16 games in each of his six regular seasons. He spent all of those years in San Diego and Los Angeles before signing with Carolina this spring.
Perryman could still be a valuable asset for the Raiders, provided that he can stay healthy. In 69 total games with the Chargers, he tallied 349 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, five sacks, eight QB hits, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions.
Meanwhile, the Panthers front office will get to work with a few extra draft picks and Rhule can move forward with his current linebacking corps for the 2021 season.
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