The Carolina Panthers needed help on the offensive line and got it. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Russell Okung was traded from the Los Angeles Chargers for Trai Turner.
The deal is tentatively agreed to and is expected to be processed at the start of the league year: The #Chargers are trading LT Russell Okung to the #Panthers in exchange for standout OL Trai Turner, sources say. A swap of big-time OLs. Nothing is final until it’s official.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2020
The trade is a win-win for both team as the Panthers get a left tackle in Okung to help protect whoever plays quarterback. Los Angeles get some help with their interior offensive line to help with their running game.
Okung has been a great pass blocker since entering the league in 2010. After winning the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, he spent time with the Broncos and Chargers. He made two Pro Bowls with one being in Seattle and the other with the Chargers.
Turner has been a starting caliber guard since being drafted in Carolina in 2014. After his rookie season, he went on to be selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls and is considered one of the top five run blockers in the league.
It’s a move that could be seen on several different levels. The Chargers get a younger lineman to build their future around as they figure out who will be their quarterback. Carolina has been in search of a strong pass blocker at left tackle for years and finally got their guy in Okung.
The trade comes as a surprise as it’s one of the rare trades that involves a player for player move. Not to mention it involves two premier players moving to other teams. It’s a trade that both teams will benefit from, but whether it’ll pay off this season might vary. Turner could end up being a long term solution for the Chargers. Okung will be looked at as a short term solution to help build the ling until Carolina drafts a younger player to learn behind him.