|Offense||19th||113.4 (10th)||230.3 (21st)|
|Defense||21st||91.6 (6th)||268.2 (29th)|
|3||Anderson, Derek||QB||6-6||235||6/15/1983||13||Oregon State|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||4||Florida State|
|Bersin, Brenton (FA)||WR||6-3||210||5/9/1990||4||Wofford|
|33||Boston, Tre||FS||6-1||205||6/25/1992||4||North Carolina|
|92||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||325||6/14/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|86||Byrd, LaRon||WR||6-4||225||8/18/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|18||Byrd, Damiere||WR||5-9||180||1/27/1993||2||South Carolina|
|Clausell, Blaine||T||6-6||321||1/31/1992||1||Mississippi State|
|20||Coleman, Kurt||SS||5-11||200||4/1/1988||8||Ohio State|
|71||France, Dan||OL||6-6||312||4/1/1991||1||Michigan State|
|9||Gano, Graham||K||6-2||205||4/9/1987||8||Florida State|
|Gilbert, Garrett||QB||6-4||221||7/1/1991||1||Southern Methodist|
|22||Griffin, Michael (FA)||FS||6-0||215||1/4/1985||11||Texas|
|Hall, Daeshon||DE||6-5||265||6/14/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|Jacobs, Ben (FA)||LB||6-4||240||4/17/1988||4||Fresno State|
|44||Jansen, J.J.||LS||6-2||240||1/20/1986||10||Notre Dame|
|Johnson, Charles||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||5||Grand Valley State|
|95||Johnson, Charles (FA)||DE||6-2||275||7/10/1986||11||Georgia|
|42||Jones, Colin (FA)||FS||6-0||205||10/27/1987||7||Texas Christian|
|59||Kuechly, Luke||MLB||6-3||238||4/20/1991||6||Boston College|
|77||Love, Kyle||DE||6-1||315||11/18/1986||6||Mississippi State|
|29||Marlowe, Dean||FS||6-1||210||7/25/1992||3||James Madison|
|55||Mayo, David||LB||6-2||245||8/8/1993||3||Texas State|
|Moton, Taylor||G||6-5||330||8/18/1994||R||Western Michigan|
|Munnerlyn, Captain||DB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||9||South Carolina|
|68||Norwell, Andrew||G||6-6||325||10/25/1991||4||Ohio State|
|88||Olsen, Greg||TE||6-5||255||3/11/1985||11||Miami (Fla.)|
|Patmon, Tyler||DB||5-10||188||1/26/1991||3||Oklahoma State|
|Peppers, Julius||DE||6-7||287||1/18/1980||16||North Carolina|
|Richards, Jeff||DB||6-2||210||1/3/1991||R||Emporia State|
|Rodgers, Jake||T||6-6||320||9/10/1991||1||Eastern Washington|
|Samuel, Curtis||WR||5-11||197||8/11/1996||R||Ohio State|
|Shepard, Russell||WR||6-1||195||9/17/1990||5||Louisiana State|
|66||Silatolu, Amini||G||6-4||320||9/16/1988||4||Midwestern State|
|38||Simmons, Jalen||RB||5-8||210||4/1/1992||1||South Carolina State|
|Slater, Pearce||T||6-7||335||10/1/1993||1||San Diego State|
|90||Soliai, Paul (FA)||DE||6-4||345||12/30/1983||11||Utah|
|70||Turner, Trai||G||6-3||310||6/14/1993||4||Louisiana State|
|Wendell, Ryan (FA)||G||6-2||300||3/4/1986||8||Fresno State|
|21||Williams, Teddy||DB||6-1||210||7/3/1988||6||Texas-San Antonio|
|26||Worley, Daryl||CB||6-1||205||2/22/1995||2||West Virginia|
|Young, Lou||DB||6-0||205||10/9/1991||2||Georgia Tech|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Funchess was the subject of considerable preseason hype, but his sophomore campaign fell flat across all categories. With fellow big-bodied wideout Kelvin Benjamin returning from last season's knee injury, Funchess was deemed redundant in a low-volume, low-efficiency Panthers passing game that featured Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen most often. In fact, Funchess was on the field for under half of Carolina's offensive plays, and he missed the team's final regular season game due to a knee problem of his own. While his four receiving touchdowns trailed only Benjamin among his teammates, Funchess failed to top three catches and/or 56 yards in a single game this season. Although veteran slot receiver Ted Ginn's upcoming free agency gives Funchess a potential path to more looks, it'll be hard not to second-guess any inflated expectations that may surround him ahead of next season.
Jones has been with Carolina since 2012, and this deal ensures that he will stay there through the 2018 season, barring a release. The safety has become a valuable special teams player for the Panthers since arriving and provides depth in the defensive backfield. Jones has 102 tackles, one interception and one sack in 89 games played since becoming a Panther.
Drafted in the seventh round by the Packers in 2013, Johnson has made all his hay as a professional with the Vikings, tallying 60 receptions (on 109 targets) for 843 yards and two touchdowns over the last three seasons. With the transaction, the Panthers have effectively replaced Ted Ginn and Philly Brown with Johnson and Russell Shepard. Nonetheless, Johnson will likely have to scrounge for scraps behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, which isn't exactly conducive to significant output.
Silatolu, who was originally drafted by the Panthers in 2012, was released by the Bears prior to the start of the 2016 season and ended up not playing for any team last year. He'll provide depth for an offensive line that struggled a bit last season after a strong 2015 campaign.
A 2015 sixth-round pick, Clay was released by Tampa Bay at the end of his first training camp, and then caught on with the Ravens as a return specialist for the final seven weeks of his rookie season. He was in the mix to earn the same role last summer, but the Ravens released him with an injury settlement after he suffered a broken foot during training camp. While unlikely to make an impact on offense, Clay is a candidate to replace Tedd Ginn (Saints) as Carolina's primary return man.
Byrd suffered a head injury during Carolina's second game of the preseason. He enjoyed a solid training camp up until that point, though, and will likely take aim at cracking the Panthers' roster once again in 2017.
This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20-or-more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.
Davis has now put together five straight 100-tackle seasons, with his 106 stops this year marking the third-most in his impressive 12-year career. Along with leading the Panthers in that category, Davis also intercepted at least three passes for the second consecutive season. Despite being 33 years old, Davis has shown no signs of aging, and should remain a strong IDP option alongside Luke Kuechly in the heart of Carolina's defense next season.
Gettleman said he's particularly impressed by McCaffrey's vision and quickness while running between the tackles -- perhaps suggesting the rookie could be an immediate threat to usurp Stewart's role as the early-down workhorse. At the very least, McCaffrey figures to have a key role catching passes while also eating into some of Stewart's rushing workload. Despite signing a one-year extension this offseason, the 30-year-old running back could be forced into a complementary role. The extension did reduce his 2017 cap hit, which should keep his spot on the roster secure.
Johnson, un undrafted rookie who played tight end at Marshall, profiles more as a fullback than running back in the NFL. However, the Panthers were already set at that position with incumbent starting FB Mike Tolbert. However, Johnson's injury remains undisclosed, but his release cleared room for the addition of OT Willie Smith.
Larsen played in his first games last season, starting six contests in place of the injured Ryan Kalil. Look for Larsen to compete for a backup role once again in 2017.
Still only three weeks removed from March 30 surgery to repair a partially-torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, Newton is on a cardio-heavy plan for the start of the Panthers' voluntary offseason program. He'll likely focus on the mental aspect of his game and endurance conditioning for the next couple months, before eventually easing into a more comprehensive routine that includes throwing and a regular weightlifting program. Newton's supporting cast looks similar to last season's, albeit with Charles Johnson and Russell Shepard replacing Ted Ginn (Saints) in the receiving corps, and left tackle Matt Kalil joining his older brother Ryan on the offensive line. The Panthers could still add more help, potentially using an early-round pick (or two) on a running back and/or wide receiver.
Hall was overshadowed by No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, but Garrett wasn't the only standout end for A&M. At 6-foot-5, 266 pounds with 35 and 5/8-inch arms, Hall has a huge reach as well as very good athleticism, boasting a 4.76-second 40, 123-inch broad jump, and 7.03-second three-cone drill. He could start early on in his Carolina career.
Bradberry was drafted in the second round and became an immediate starter in the role vacated by Josh Norman leaving the Panthers. Although that put considerable pressure on Bradberry to start his career, he emerged as Carolina's best cornerback over the course of his rookie season. The Panthers struggled mightily in pass defense when he was sidelined for three games due to a foot problem, but that absence still didn't prevent him from leading the team in pass deflections. The 23-year-old will aim to make further strides in his performance next season.
Dickson has yet to top 17 receptions in any of his three seasons in Carolina, where he's served as Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen's backup at tight end since joining from the Ravens. With another year left on his contract with the Panthers, Dickson figures to occupy the same role next season, keeping his fantasy value severely restricted.
Gano underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in the heel of his left foot back in January, and although he was always expected to return to full health by training camp, the video he recently posted evidenced he's moving well following that operation. After posting his lowest field-goal conversion percentage since 2011 last season, Gano will aim for improvement in the final year of his contract in the upcoming campaign.
The 25-year-old has tallied 21 combined tackles across 24 career games for the Cowboys and Dolphins.
Selected by Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Peppers had double-digit sacks in six of his eight seasons (2002-2009) with the team. He was also productive in Chicago and Green Bay, though he stepped back to a supporting role for the Packers last season, notching 23 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 16 games. Peppers may be used as a situational pass rusher rather than as a starter upon returning to Carolina. This could serve as the farewell tour in an impressive career that has featured 143.5 sacks and counting.
Munnerlyn played the first five seasons of his career in Carolina, but spent the last three with the Vikings in Minnesota. While 2017 didn't produce his best campaign, he did notch 55 tackles (38 solo), three pass defenses and a forced fumble. He's topped two interceptions just once in his career, but has a tendency to return them for touchdowns. Of his 11 career interceptions, six of them have gone for six points. The 28-year-old cornerback will likely slot in behind James Bradberry and Daryl Worley on the Panthers' depth chart.
The following players were deemed probable: Nate Chandler (toe), Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring), Roman Harper (rest), Kawann Short (ankle), Jonathan Stewart (ankle), Trai Turner (ankle), Melvin White (knee) and DeAngelo Williams (foot).
Palardy received an extended audition with the Panthers last season due to Andy Lee's (hamstring) placement on injured reserve in mid-November. He punted pretty well, posting a 37.9 net average while pinning the opposition inside the 20 13 different times. He will probably need to beat out his veteran opposition in training camp to earn a 53-man roster spot.
Young spent training camp with the Bears last season but failed to receive a spot on the 53-man roster. Previously he spent six seasons with the Redskins, scoring 13 touchdowns over that span. He'll now compete with Mike Tolbert and Devon Johnson throughout the offseason in the hopes of furthering his NFL career.
Sanchez, a fifth-rounder out of Oklahoma, was promoted to the active roster in early October and appeared in five games for the Panthers this season. He'll finish his rookie campaign with nine tackles but no other defensive statistics.
Adams has made the Pro Bowl two of the past three years, averaging 80 tackles per season in the process. It seems likely that he'll start alongside Kurt Coleman, who has the most interceptions in the NFC over the past two seasons. At 35, it's unknown how much Adams has left in the tank, but if the past few seasons serve as any indication, it doesn't seem like he'll be slowing down anytime soon.
Olsen was limited to one of his quietest performances of the season, as his reception and yardage totals were both his second lowest in a game this season. Despite the disappointing finish, the veteran tight end still finishes with the second-best reception (80) and yardage (1,073) totals of his career, along with a record third consecutive 1,000-yard season that serves as a record for a tight end.
Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling. An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.
Alecxih had surgery to repair significant damage to his left knee in August, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Alecxih has been in training camp with several teams over the course of the past five years but has never managed to make a regular season roster. He'll be hoping to finally catch on with the Panthers as a depth lineman and special teams player in 2017.
Boston injured his knee in Saturday's loss to the Flacons and the specifics of the injury have yet to be disclosed. It's unclear how severe the injury or if it will linger into offseason workouts. Travell Dixon was signed off the practice squad to fill the roster spot vacated by Boston.
Marlowe ends his 2016-17 campaign after only 16 snaps in his season debut against the 49ers on Sunday. The undrafted safety suffered a hamstring injury early in the preseason and finally appeared healthy enough to play on Sunday. Unfortunately he aggregated the injury early in the game, leaving the Panthers no choice but to pull the plug on the 24-year-old's season. Marlowe's injury creates a hole in Carolina's special teams unit and leaves Kurt Coleman as the only strong safety on the active roster.
Oher, who is coming off his worst season as a pro, signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Panthers this offseason. Now on his third team in three years, Oher doesn't want to let any of his new teammates down.
“It seemed like they wanted me,” Oher said. “I got the (same) feeling going into my rookie year of not wanting to let guys down and guys with a winning culture. For me, it’s about getting back to the basics and fundamentals of doing everything right. Looking myself in the mirror knowing what I have to do and getting better from within.”
“It’s definitely about culture in the NFL. That wins you football games alone.”
Frazier looked solid in extended action against Arizona, including a stretched out catch near the sideline. Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets while they were both playing at Memphis and Frazier could be a candidate for the practice squad so that he can try to develop in a similar way as former undrafted free agents Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor.
The Panthers had applied a $13.1 million franchise tag on Short in February, but the defensive tackle was able to pick up some more financial security by brokering a long-term deal before the July deadline. With a combined 110 stops and 17 sacks over the last two seasons, Short has established himself as one of the NFL's top interior tackles and should have a few prime years left him in as he prepares for his age-28 campaign.
Kuechly missed the final six games of last season while recovering from a concussion, though he did say he was medically cleared around Week 13 or 14, which suggests he might have played the final few games if Carolina had been in the playoff hunt. A concussion also cost him three games the previous season, but his risk for additional head injuries may not be quite as bad as it initially seems, considering he didn't have a documented history of concussion in the NFL prior to 2015. Kuechly still produced at his usual elite level on a per-game basis the past two seasons, averaging 9.6 tackles while recording five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks in 23 appearances.
Horton's deal with keep him in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Undrafted out of USC, Horton has been released and re-signed by the Panthers three times since entering the league in 2013, but after starting 10 of his 11 games played last year, he'll now enjoy some job security heading into the upcoming season.
Johnson recently underwent a microdisectomy to repair a herniated disc, an operation that became necessary after an epidural failed to improve his lower back pain. Although Rivera admitted he wasn't sure of Johnson's timeline for a return, the 30-year-old defensive end is expected back for training camp and should be full go for the start of the 2017 season.
Although Cam Newton and Derek Anderson are locked in as the No. 1 and 2 signal-calkers, Webb should find his way onto the final roster for a third straight season, as he's the league's only third-string quarterback who also has a key role on special teams. However, his two-year contract is right around the veteran's minimum, which suggests he isn't quite a lock to make the team.
McCaffrey (5-foot-11, 202 pounds) may technically remain behind Jonathan Stewart on the depth chart for the duration of 2017, but in terms of touches and almost certainly in terms of production from scrimmage, McCaffrey should function as Carolina's top running back going forward. If not his talent, then the magnitude of the investment in him made by the Panthers all but dictates this. After totaling 5,128 yards and 31 touchdowns from scrimmage in 37 career games, demonstrating truly rare pass-catching ability in the process, McCaffrey is set to make a significant Year 1 impact for the Panthers. Particularly in PPR scoring, he could land in the RB2 category by the time 2017 fantasy drafts fire up.
Tight end, Scott Simonson, was released to make room for Young's promotion. The 25-year-old should not be expected to do more than add secondary depth, and potentially help out on the special teams' unit.
Dixon was signed to fill the roster spot that was opened as a result of Tre Boston (knee) moving to injured reserve. Dixon has yet to play in an NFL game in his career but he may get a chance against Tampa Bay on Sunday, when he'll likely be a depth option in the secondary and could play on special teams.
Williams played in just three games before suffering a season-ending knee injury last season, but the time off since he landed on IR in October should allow him to be ready for the 2017 campaign, when he figures to mostly factor in on special teams.
Mayo practiced in full throughout the week, making it unsurprising that he's active for Week 15.
Lotulelei's sack total was boosted by his trio of quarterback takedowns in Week 8, and although he didn't register a single sack after that outing, his four total still set a new career high. After missing time in both of the past two seasons, Lotulelei also put together a full campaign this time around, which help him post his highest tackle total since his 2013 rookie year. With his fifth-year contract option already picked up by the Panthers, Lotulelei will return to the team next season, when he'll hope his partner in crime, Kawann Short, will reach his own agreement to remain in Carolina as well.
Lee pulled his hamstring in mid-November and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. He instantly slots back in as the Panthers' top punter now that he's back to full strength.
Anderson played extensively in two games this season, beginning in Week 4 against the Falcons after Cam Newton was knocked out with a concussion, and then by starting with Newton sidelined the following game. Unlike when Anderson successfully filled in for Newton last season, he threw two interceptions in both of those games this term, and then threw a pick on his lone attempt after starting Carolina's Week 13 loss to the Seahawks, when Newton was benched for the first series of the game due to a dress code violation. Despite those mistakes, the 33-year-old is generally viewed as one of the more reliable backups in the league, which figures to remain his role as he enters the final year of his current contract with the Panthers.
Gradkowski went down in late November with an unspecified knee injury and ultimately finished the season on injured reserve. It isn't clear when he'll be cleared to return to football activities, but the notion that he's progressing well in his recovery implies that he at least hasn't suffered any sort of setback.
Simonson was released in order to make room for cornerback Lou Young on the roster. The Panthers are currently struggling with depth in their secondary, so the addition of young, and subsequent release of Simonson is an attempt at resolving that issue.
Manhertz had been the Saints No. 3 tight end and he saw just 15 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the first five weeks. He was waived to clear room for wide receiver Jacob Lampman.
Thompson, Carolina's 2015 first-rounder, started 12 games this season, including each of the Panthers' final six contests while Luke Kuechly (concussion) was sidelined. Although Thompson matched his career high with 11 tackles in one of those appearances, he only bested his rookie total by six stops overall. That came despite Thompson playing 57 percent of Carolina's defensive snaps, a significant improvement on his 39-percent involvement last year. With Kuechly and Thomas Davis among the league's elite linebackers, Thompson is usually forced to leave the field in nickel situations, but after working well in that role while Kuechly was out this year, he could see even more action next season, which would figure to help his IDP stock. That being said, as long as Kuechly and Thomas are around, Thompson will remain Carolina's third option at linebacker.
Cash was unable to play during Sunday's loss to the Vikings due to the hamsting injury, but he appears to be close to full health at this point. His return won't have much of an impact for the Panthers' defense, as Thomas Davis and David Mayo lead the way at weakside linebacker.
Worley quickly became a starter after being drafted in the third round and fared relatively well as his first professional season unfolded. The West Virginia product finished fourth on the Panthers in tackles and was credited with nine pass deflections, which was second-best on the team. With a season under his belt, Worley will look to build on that success in 2017.
Coleman's tackle total marked the highest in his seven-year career, and his second consecutive 90-tackle season since joining the Panthers. He also led Carolina with four interceptions. After signing a three-year extension prior to this season, Coleman figures to remain an important member of the Panthers defense going forward, which should make him a solid IDP option among defensive backs in 2017.
The second-year tackle has been able to practice each of the past two days and he appears to be on track for a return. Williams has been sidelined for the last three games after suffering an ankle injury against the Raiders. If he's cleared to play Saturday, it'll be a significant boon to the right side of the Panthers' offensive line.
While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers likely are in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.
Rigsbee didn't play at all in what was his rookie year. He began the season buried on the depth chart and his knee injury cut his season short in November. He'll look to bounce back in 2017 and see an increased role with the team.
Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too.
Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility.
Artis-Payne, Carolina's 2015 fifth-round pick, was a healthy scratch for the vast majority of this season despite doing fairly well in his limited action. Coach Ron Rivera indicated that Artis-Payne's similar skill set to starting tailback Jonathan Stewart makes him somewhat redundant when all the Panthers running backs are healthy. As a result, Fozzy Whittaker was preferred as a change-of-pace option behind Stewart, with fullback Mike Tolbert and quarterback Cam Newton also factoring into ball-carrying duties. While Stewart being sidelined allowed Artis-Payne to rush 18 times for 85 yards and two scores in Week 5, his fantasy stock remains untouchable until he consistently earns active status.
Undrafted out of LSU in 2013, Shepard didn't reel in his first professional catch until Week 4 of the 2014 season and entered the last campaign with seven career receptions to his name. Once Vincent Jackson suffered a torn ACL in Week 5, though, Shepard gathered in a pass in each of the nine games in which he was active, ending the season with 23 catches (on 40 targets) for 341 yards and two touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Moving on to an NFC South foe, he'll fill the void left behind by the departed Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, but Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen will continue to get top billing within the Panthers' passing attack.
Kalil suffered a season-ending injury to the rotator cuff in his right shoulder last November and finished the 2016 season on injured reserve. Now that he's back to full health, he should be available for the start of the Panthers' offseason program on April 17.
The Panthers have made maintaining their depth along the front four a priority in free agency, as Love is the fourth defensive lineman to re-sign with the team this offseason. Love is expected to serve in a reserve capacity at defensive tackle in 2017 after logging 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games last season.
Whittaker was rewarded for the best season of his career, in which he rushed the ball 57 times for 265 yards and added 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for 226 yards over 16 games. He proved himself to be a solid third-down back for Carolina and filled in nicely when Jonathan Stewart missed time due to injuries.
Bersin was set to become a restricted free agent March 9 but will remain with the Panthers through the 2017 season. The receiver has accumulated 24 catches for 287 yards and one touchdown during his first three years in the league. He is also a contributor on special teams, where he likely will make the most impact this coming season.
Among those moves was the placement of guard Trey Hopkins on the reserve/injured list with a leg issue. Rookie quarterback AJ McCarron was put on the reserve/non-football injury list with a shoulder problem.
The Bengals also cut the following offensive players: tackles Dan France and Will Svitek, wide receivers Colin Lockett and Cobi Hamilton, center Trevor Robinson and running backs James Wilder and Nikita Whitlock.
Cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris will begin serving a two-game drug suspension handed dowsn by the league.
Even with running back-wide receiver tweener Christian McCaffrey as a first-round pick, the Panthers took another crossover threat in Samuel, who is also one of the most elusive ball carriers in the draft. There might not be a big enough 2017 role for Samuel to make a fantasy impact as a rookie, but his speed (4.31-second 40) and diverse skill set make him a good candidate to emerge as a fantasy factor in his second or third year. The Panthers offense, in any case, will be much faster in 2017.
Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million deal only last year. He was owed a $500 thousand roster bonus Mar. 11, so apparently Carolina didn't find the former Pro Bowler worth keeping on. Soliai will look to find work as a run-stopping defensive tackle on an NFL roster in the coming months. He recorded only eight combined tackles in 2016.
Delaire appeared in only six games for Carolina this season, as he missed a chunk of time while on IR from Week 4 to Week 12. The Panthers signed Larry Webster from the practice squad to fill Delaire's roster spot for Sunday's season finale against Tampa Bay.
Butler will take the field for the first time since Week 3 and figures to serve an important role behind starter Kawann Short. Paul Soliai is the only other healthy reserve defensive tackle on the roster Sunday.
Webster was signed by Carolina after the team moved defensive end Ryan Delaire to injured reserve. Webster will serve as a reserve defensive lineman and shouldn't be expected to have much of any role in the team's regular season finale.
Garrett went undrafted out of Tulsa, but signed with the Panthers in May after leading the FBS in receiving yards last season. Despite appearing in all four preseason games, Garrett managed just four catches for 63 yards. Although he showed improvement in Carolina's final two exhibition outings, the team's deep, established group of receivers contributed toward Garrett's release.