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Panthers Re-Sign Underrated Offensive Player Before Free Agency

Isaiah De Los Santos
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed a key offensive player before free agency.
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed a key offensive player before free agency. / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers stumbled to a 5-12 record in 2021 despite having solid pieces on both sides of the ball. This team is in no position to lose talent, but the looming start of NFL free agency could see several players depart.

The Panthers have taken a proactive approach by locking down an underrated offensive player before they hit the open market.

Ian Thomas Contract

Carolina has agreed to contract extension with tight end Ian Thomas. The deal is for three years and worth up to $16.5 million.

Thomas hasn't played a huge part in the passing game since being drafted by the Panthers in 2018. He set his career highs in receptions (36), yards (333) and TDs (2) as a rookie. Most recently, he put up 18 receptions and 188 yards during the 2021 campaign.

However, that doesn't mean Thomas doesn't provide value. He is heralded as a blocker at the end position, giving Carolina a dependable presence there that allows Tommy Tremble to focus on being the top pass-catching threat at TE in 2022.

Thomas' blocking abilities should fit right into new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system, and retaining him could turn out to be a highlight of the offseason.

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