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#pounditTuesday, May 21, 2024

Panthers trade for troubled wide receiver

Panthers helmet on the field

Nov 10, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Carolina Panthers helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers are giving quarterback Bryce Young a new toy to play with.

The Panthers are trading for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson and a seventh-round pick, according to a report Tuesday from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Carolina is sending back cornerback Donte Jackson and a sixth-round pick.

There were already rumblings earlier this month that the Steelers were open to trading Johnson for the right price. That price didn’t exactly end up being very high.

Johnson’s 717 receiving yards total last season was second on the team just behind George Pickens. Johnson and Pickens both led the Steelers in receiving touchdowns with five apiece.

Johnson is two years removed from a Pro Bowl appearance in 2021. He was the Steelers’ top receiving threat during Ben Roethlisberger’s farewell season. Johnson led the team with 107 catches for 1,161 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The Panthers were one of the worst offensive teams in the NFL last season — if not the worst.

Carolina was dead last in total passing yards with just 3,245. Their 13 total receiving TDs were tied with the Steelers for the second-lowest in the league. The Panthers were also one of just three teams — alongside the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets — with a completion percentage below 60%.

Part of the Panthers’ offensive struggles were due to a poor rookie campaign from Young. But the Alabama alum also didn’t have many offensive weapons at his disposal.

Johnson dealt with issues both on and off the field this past season. His effort was in question as well. But he could very well have a career year next season as Young’s primary target.

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