3 realistic trade deadline targets for the surging Commanders
By Jerry Trotta
2. Shaq Thompson, LB (Panthers)
The Commanders are so thin at linebacker that they promoted Khaleke Hudson from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Packers. While Cole Holcomb has rebounded from a slow start and Jamin Davis flashed in the running game against the Packers, the position is one injury away from becoming a turnstile.
It couldn’t hurt to add a backup who isn’t named David Mayo or Jon Bostic. Before Sunday, Bostic’s been restricted to special teams and Mayo’s played five defensive snaps since Week 2 against Detroit when he saw the field for 16 plays.
Enter Shaq Thompson, a player who could be included in the Panthers’ fire sale, which started with offloading Robby Anderson to Arizona (though that move was forced) and Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers for four draft picks.
The Panthers are clearly rebuilding and the 28-year-old Thompson likely doesn’t fit into those plans. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler understands Thompson could be available. The former first-round pick is signed through 2023 and could serve as Holcomb’s replacement if Washington chooses not to re-sign him this offseason.
In 2021, Thompson compiled 101 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five passes defended, six quarterback hits, two INTs and a 68.0 QB rating allowed, per PFF.