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Packers lose OT Yosh Nijman to Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are signing former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Yosh Nijman, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the deal is for two years, includes $5 million guaranteed, has a $8 million base value and is worth up to $15 million.

The Packers signed Nijman as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech in 2019. He developed on the practice squad before joining the 53-man roster in 2020. Nijman went on to play in 67 career games and made 22 starts across four accrued seasons with the Packers.

Between 2021 and 2022, Nijman made 21 starts at left or right tackle. After returning to the Packers on the restricted tender in 2023, he made just one start — after losing out to both Zach Tom and Rasheed Walker at offensive tackle — and played just over 200 offensive snaps total.

In Carolina, Nijman will get a new opportunity to win a starting job for an offensive line in transition.

According to Pro Football Focus, Nijman gave up two sacks, 10 total pressures and committed two penalties over 139 pass-blocking snaps in 2023. He played 198 snaps at left tackle and 32 at right tackle.

Nijman is the sixth Packers player to be released or sign elsewhere this offseason.

The Packers have lost both Nijman and David Bakhtiari at offensive tackle, and starting guard Jon Runyan Jr. signed with the New York Giants. Expect significant investments to be made along the offensive line during the 2024 draft.

Story originally appeared on Packers Wire