Analysis: Panthers score upgrade at middle linebacker with Denzel Perryman

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He’s not Luke Kuechly, but he’ll certainly do. The Carolina Panthers are making their first big move in free agency this year after agreeing to terms with a a couple of offensive line duds during the legal tampering period.

Jeremy Fowler at ESPN reports the team is signing former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman.

Perryman isn’t a huge name like some of the other top defensive free agents like Richard Sherman. However, he does quality as a pretty significant upgrade at a position that was a point of need for the Panthers.

Jermaine Carter Jr. did a respectable-enough job at middle linebacker once Tahir Whitehead was finally benched last season. That said, Perryman has a far more impressive résumé, notably his skills around the ball.

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Carolina fans probably won’t spend all night howling at the moon over this signing, but it is worth at least a modest celebration. Perryman is a quality linebacker who should definitively improve a young defense that needs a little more experience.

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