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We saw another trade in the NFL this week, as the Carolina Panthers traded veteran linebacker Denzel Perryman and a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick. The former second-round pick out of Miami had spent his entire NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers, but signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Panthers this offseason. However, he didn't last.

Perryman was a Panther for 162 days. The Raiders gained a valuable body in this deal, but is that the only reason they could be viewed as victors in this transaction? Below, we will attempt to grade the trade Carolina and Vegas made this week.

Panthers: C-

The "good" of this trade for the Panthers is that Jermaine Carter Jr. has evolved into the clear No. 1 middle linebacker. Additionally, Perryman was hurt through training camp and has dealt with injuries in the past. However, the fact is that the Panthers signed a player to a two-year, $6 million deal just to part ways with him before any meaningful football was played. As Joe Person of The Athletic points out, the Panthers will clear $990k in cap savings this year with the trade, but will have $1 million in dead money in each of the next two years.

At first glance this transaction doesn't appear to be anything noteworthy, but it's curious why the Panthers gave the kind of contract they did to Perryman only to cut him loose in return for a late-round pick and dead cap. Not to split hairs here, but why did the Panthers also have to send a seventh-rounder to Vegas?

Raiders: B+

In 13 games played last season with six starts, Perryman recorded 48 combined tackles and a sack. He has injury issues, but has proven to be effective when he's on the field. There are a couple of reasons why this trade is good for the Raiders. First, Perryman reunites with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who coached Perryman during his time with the Chargers. The other reason that this move made sense was that the Raiders needed a linebacker.

Nicholas Morrow, who is slated to be the Raiders' starting middle linebacker, suffered a foot injury that will cause him to miss some significant time. On Wednesday, head coach Jon Gruden said that Morrow will be out "for a while," according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. So to recap, the Raiders added a linebacker who knows the defensive coordinator well and a veteran that can come in and play immediately after a couple of backers suffered injuries. And, they got a random seventh-round pick as well. 

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