Carolina Panthers Offseason Buzz
As we continue to draw closer to the end of the month of June, many of a team’s rosters are starting to take shape as training camp comes up on the calendar in July. One team in particular that has seen a major shakeup on its roster has been the Carolina Panthers. Some big names have left the squad so far this offseason, but they are retooling and rebuilding. That being said, here’s a look at all of the moves Carolina has made so far…
Adds (via trade/signed):
Safety Delano Hill: He agreed with the Panthers on a 1-year, $990,000 contract. He didn’t see much playing time with the Seahawks last season.
Cornerback Rashaan Melvin: He also signed a one-year contract with the Panthers, but his value is at $1,075,000. The 32-year-old played with the Jaguars last season.
Outside Linebacker Julian Stanford: He resigned with Carolina for a 1-year deal valued at $1,075,000. Though he played in all 16 games last season, the former Wagner University linebacker has only logged 103 tackles in 8 career seasons.
Linebacker Frankie Luvu: Signed a 1-year deal with the Panthers worth $1.1 million. Luvu started to earn more playing time as a member of the New York Jets last season, and he should see an uptick in production come 2021.
Guard John Miller: He re-signed with the Panthers on a 1-year contract at $1,127,500. He started 14 games for Carolina last season.
Defensive/Nose Tackle DaQuan Jones: Agreed to 1-year, $4.05 million contract with Carolina. After spending his first seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Jones is looking for a fresh start in Carolina.
Quarterback Sam Darnold: Acquired from the Jets in April trade.
Wide Receiver David Moore: signed a 2-year deal worth $4.75 million. Moore was seen as a slot or third option for Russell Wilson to throw to in Seattle behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Inside Linebacker Denzel Perryman: Agreed to 2-year, $6 million deal with Carolina. Perryman has become a better inside linebacker with the LA Chargers over the past couple of seasons, and he should be a good fit in Carolina.
Tight End Dan Arnold: See above for contract details. The former Arizona Cardinal should become the primary tight end this season in Matt Rhule’s offense.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye: signed a 2-year, $7 million deal with the Panthers. After a modest season in Denver last year, Bouye is looking to regain his old form from when he was a Jacksonville Jaguar.
Outside Linebacker Haason Reddick: Agreed to a 1-year, $8 million contract. Reddick has connections with coach Matt Rhule, as he played under his new coach at Temple.
Defensive End Morgan Fox: Signed 2-year, $8.1 million deal. Started to boost his career statistics alongside Aaron Donald with the LA Rams last season.
Tackle Cam Erving: signed 2-year, $10 million deal. The offensive tackle has bounced around quite a bit in the NFL.
Guard Pat Elflein: agreed to 3-year, $13.5 million contract. Should be a big boost for the offensive line.
Subtractions/Still Available (via trade/free agency):
Wide Receiver Curtis Samuel: Signed a 3-year deal worth $34.5 million with the Washington Football Team. This one will sting, especially considering how versatile of a player Samuel is on the offensive side of the ball.
Tight End Chris Manhertz: Agreed with Jacksonville on a 2-year contract at $6.65 million.
Running Back Mike Davis: Signed with Atlanta for 2 years, $5.5 million. The primary back-up to Christian McCaffrey last season, Davis should see a boost in playing time with the Falcons this year.
Defensive End Stephen Weatherly: 1-year, $2.5 million to go to Minnesota.
Defensive end Efe Obada: $1.5 million for one season to play with Buffalo. The first well-known UK NFL player.
Punter Michael Palardy: 1-year, $1.4 million deal with Miami. Well, that complicates the kicking situation.
Defensive end Zach Kerr: signed with San Francisco on a 1-year contract at $1,212,500.
Guard Chris Reed: 1-year deal with Indianapolis for $1,127,500.
Fullback Alex Armah: Signed with New Orleans, same contract value as Chris Reed.
Center Tyler Larsen: 1-year deal, $1.04 million with Washington.
Wide Receiver/Returner Pharoh Cooper: $990,000 for one season with the Jags.
Cornerback Rasul Douglas: signed contract with the Raiders for one year, $990,000
Cornerback Corn Elder: $920,000 on one season for Detroit.
Wide Receiver Amara Darboh: Agreed to one-year, $850,000 contract with Denver.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater: traded to Denver before draft.
Guard Michael Schofield: Signed with Baltimore, details still unspecified.
Defensive Tackle Woodrow Hamilton: Signed with Tennessee, details still unspecified.
Yet to Find a Home:
Defensive Tackle Kawann Short: unsigned
Left Tackle Russell Okung: unsigned
Free Safety Tre Boston: unsigned
Linebacker Tahir Whitehead: unsigned
Inside Linebacker Adarius Taylor: unsigned
Cornerback Natrell Jamerson: unsigned
Tight End Seth Devalve: unsigned
Tight End Tommy Stevens: unsigned
Outside Linebacker Kendall Donnerson: unsigned
Linebacker Daniel Bituli: unsigned
Defensive Tackle P.J. Johnson: unsigned
Placekicker Lirim Hajrullahu: unsigned
Placekicker Matt Ammendola: unsigned
Linebacker Chris Orr: Unsigned
Training camp is now just a little more than a month away, and rosters are starting to take shape. While free agency and trades can still shake up squads. Carolina has definitely had a busy offseason.