Panthers free agency tracker: Who has been re-signed and who is hitting the market

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With the new league year speeding closer and closer, NFL teams are starting to make big decisions when it comes to rosters for the 2021 season.

Trades, releases and re-signings will only become more frequent over the next several weeks leading up to the NFL draft beginning at the end of April.

What’s the latest with the Carolina Panthers’ free agents? The Observer will keep this story updated with the latest moves and signings or releases as we get closer to the new league year beginning March 17.

The full offseason schedule can be found here.

Re-signed by Panthers

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (14) and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (16) agaisnt the the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half in their opening game of the 2020 NFL season at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (14) and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (16) agaisnt the the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half in their opening game of the 2020 NFL season at Bank of America Stadium on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

WR Brandon Zylstra — one-year deal

Zylstra was slated to become a restricted free agent. He is a special teams contributor and gives the team solid depth at wide receiver.

WR Keith Kirkwood — one-year deal

Also scheduled to become a restricted free agent, re-signing Kirkwood provides additional depth at wide receiver with uncertainty surrounding whether the team can bring back Curtis Samuel, who is expected to test free agency. Kirkwood’s ability to stay healthy is the biggest question mark. He missed most of last season after breaking his clavicle and then re-injuring it during the season.

K Joey Slye — one-year deal

Slye will have competition in training camp with kicker Lirim Hajrullahu.

TE Colin Thompson — one-year deal

Thompson provides depth at tight end and is a special teams contributor.

T Trent Scott — one-year deal

After starting four games last season, Scott will provide valuable depth on the offensive line that still has plenty of question marks. He was slated to become a restricted free agent.

Released by Panthers

Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston tweeted Friday that he visited the Pittsburgh Steelers and also planned visits with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.
Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston tweeted Friday that he visited the Pittsburgh Steelers and also planned visits with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

More on the Panthers’ cap cutting moves: Panthers releasing Tre Boston, 2 other veterans to clear cap space ahead of free agency

S Tre Boston

Boston will be officially released after the start of the league year to reduce the cap implications.

DE Stephen Weatherly

P Michael Palardy

DT Kawann Short

The Panthers would like to bring back Short if possible, but he has received interest from a few teams.

Panthers’ scheduled free agents

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

▪ FB Alex Armah

▪ WR Pharoh Cooper

▪ RB Mike Davis

▪ CB Rasul Douglas

▪ CB Corn Elder

▪ LS J.J. Jansen

▪ C Tyler Larsen

▪ TE Chris Manhertz

▪ G John Miller

▪ RT Taylor Moton

▪ LT Russell Okung

▪ G Chris Reed

▪ WR Curtis Samuel

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) celebrates his long catch past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (28) during the first half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Thursday, September 12, 2019.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel (10) celebrates his long catch past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (28) during the first half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

▪ OL Michael Schofield

▪ LB Julian Stanford

▪ LB Adarius Taylor

▪ LB Tahir Whitehead

RESTRICTED FREE AGENT

▪ DE Efe Obada