Report: Former Jets, Vikings OL Pat Elflein agrees to 3-year deal with Panthers

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According to a report by Adam Schefter at ESPN, the Panthers have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with former Jets and Vikings OL Pat Elflein. Schefter says it’s a $13.5 million deal with $6 million guaranteed.

This isn’t exactly the sexiest acquisition to begin free agency in the history of the league. Elflein does offer depth at a critical place of need for Carolina’s roster, though: the interior of their offensive line.

With practically everybody but starting center Matt Paradis about to become a free agent, the Panthers badly needed some more bodies inside.

The Vikings picked Elflein in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. He’s played 50 games since then. Elflein (26 years old) can play either center or guard, offering strength at both spots. He will likely project as the team’s starter at left guard for now and then eventually replace Paradis at center once his contract is up.

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