On Tuesday, the team announced a trade of the 2019 second-round selection, shipping Little to the Miami Dolphins as part of their efforts to reach the 85-man roster limit by 4 p.m. ET. The Panthers will be receiving a 2022 seventh-round pick in exchange.
Little was drafted by the previous regime, headed by former general manager Marty Hurney, at the 37th overall spot two years back. Carolina traded up to position in order to swipe the Ole Miss lineman, giving away their 47th and 77th picks to the Seattle Seahawks in the process.
The two-year NFL career of the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder has, thus far, been hampered by injury and underwhelming play. He has appeared in just 14 of a possible 32 games, with six combined starts.
This trade will presumably give seventh-year veteran free-agent signing Cameron Erving a much clearer path to the team’s starting left tackle duties. Barring a move from the right side for standout Taylor Moton, Erving will likely be favored over Trent Scott, who earned himself four starts on the blindside in 2020, at the position.