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The Panthers' Offer For Matthew Stafford Has Been Revealed

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford against the Vikings.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - NOVEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions passes the ball against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The Carolina Panthers fell short of what the Detroit Lions wanted for quarterback Matthew Stafford. But based no the latest reports, it wasn't for a lack of trying.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Panthers were willing to offer quite a haul to acquire Stafford. Per the report, they made a serious offer that included their No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a fifth-round pick, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Lions ultimately traded Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for what was arguably a better offer. LA sent back two first-round picks, a mid-round pick and quarterback Jared Goff in the exchange.

It's more understandable that the Panthers couldn't match the Rams' offer. Unlike the Rams, the Panthers are in rebuilding mode - not win-now mode. While Stafford would likely help head coach Matt Rhule enjoy a successful second NFL season, the long-term cost might be too much.

The Carolina Panthers went 5-11 in 2020 due in part to an offense that couldn't get much going without star running back Christian McCaffrey.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played okay, but hardly justified the three-year, $63 million contract he got with the team. He finished the season with 3,733 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Fortunately for the Panthers, there seem to be a bunch of teams ready to give up their quarterbacks. If the Panthers are dead-set on trading for one, they could get him.

Who do you think will be the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback in 2021?