CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers on Wednesday agreed to a cope with free-agent cornerback A.J. Bouye as they try to enhance their secondary heading into this month’s NFL draft.
Bouye, a Professional Bowler in 2017, shall be suspended for the primary two video games of the 2021 season as a part of a six-game ban he obtained final yr for violations of the league’s coverage on performance-enhancing substances.
He shall be allowed to take part in offseason and preseason practices, based on the league.
Carolina signed 10-year veteran nook Rashaan Melvin to a one-year deal earlier in free company.
Bouye, 29, was launched by Denver in February after showing in solely seven video games due to accidents and the suspension. He was traded to the Broncos from Jacksonville in March 2020, after being a giant a part of the Jaguars’ run to the AFC Championship Sport within the 2017 season.
Bouye entered the NFL in 2013 with Houston as an undrafted free agent. He performed effectively sufficient that he obtained a five-year, $67.5 million cope with Jacksonville in 2017.
He had six interceptions that season in 16 begins. He has solely two picks since, and he had none for Denver final yr. In 69 profession begins, he has 14 interceptions total.
Bouye possible shall be penciled in because the starter in Carolina reverse Donte Jackson, who’s within the final yr of his rookie deal.
The previous Central Florida standout will compete with Melvin, possible on the correct aspect.
The addition of Bouye lessens the urgency to make use of the No. 8 decide of the draft on a nook. The group eradicated the need to draft a quarterback on Monday after buying and selling with the New York Jets for Sam Darnold, however common supervisor Scott Fitterer stated that does not completely precluded utilizing the eighth decide on that place.
“What we wished to do going into this draft by free company, by this commerce with Sam, was to only do away with all of the wants we’ve,” Fitterer stated Monday. “We wished to get to a spot the place the roster was in a great place, and we might take the perfect participant at No. 8.”