Greg Little is getting a shot to play elsewhere, which appears to be one more than the Panthers offensive lineman would have gotten in Carolina.
The Panthers announced Tuesday that they have traded their 2019 second-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round pick. In 2022, the Dolphins had two seventh-round picks, and the Panthers will get the higher of the two.
Little was a potential tackle prospect from Ole Miss when the Panthers took him as the No. 37 overall pick — after trading up for him, no less — just two years ago. He had minimal play in his two seasons in Carolina, making only three starts as a rookie and three more last year; the Panthers’ choice to trade him for a late-round pick suggests he might not have made the roster for a third season. Carolina’s summer offensive line adjustments made him even more disposable.
Little will join an offensive line in Miami that may offer him a chance to shine.
In their first preseason game, the Chicago Bears’ defensive front dominated the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line. While Little isn’t a miracle worker, he does provide Miami’s coaching staff with a fresh perspective on a critical priority: protecting second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.