Report: Panthers re-sign 2 wide receivers to one-year deals

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The Carolina Panthers reloaded the bottom end of their depth chart at the wide receiver position today.

According to Alaina Getzenberg at the Charlotte Observer, the team has re-signed Brandon Zylstra to a one-year deal.

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Zylstra only caught three passes for 35 yards last season. However, he became an important contributor on special teams. Zylstra was on the field for 245 (58%) of those snaps in 2020.

The Panthers are also re-signing wide receiver Keith Kirkwood according to Joe Person at the Athletic. His deal is also for one year.

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Kirkwood only played one game last year due to injuries and caught one pass.

Both Kirkwood and Zylstra were about to become restricted free agents, making retaining them relatively cheap and easy.

By comparison it will likely be far more difficult to keep WR/RB Curtis Samuel. He’s coming off a career year and will be an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks if they don’t extend him or use the franchise tag.

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