Panthers Re-Sign QB Webb, Four Others

 CHARLOTTE, N.C.

The Carolina Panthers have re-signed quarterback Joe Webb to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

 Webb  returns to Carolina for his second season after originally signing with the team as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Last season, Webb served as a backup quarterback and also saw action at wide receiver and on special teams. Webb played in seven regular season games, totaling one catch for 16 yards and one tackle on special teams.

“It’s great to be back.” Webb said in a statement released by the team. “We had a great run with the way we finished the season and it felt like home. Everyone had great team chemistry and it felt like a big family. I didn’t know if I could get that somewhere else. I’m excited to keep working with Cam (Newton) and D.A. (Derek Anderson) with Coach (Ken) Dorsey coaching us up.”

“Joe gives us continuity at the quarterback position,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He is also a very versatile player. Not only has he played quarterback, but he has played wide receiver and on special teams, and gives us some depth there because of his athleticism and intelligence. We are very excited for him to continue to be part of what we’re trying to build here.”

 Prior to joining Carolina, Webb spent four seasons (2010-13) with the Minnesota Vikings, seeing action at quarterback and wide receiver after being selected by the Vikings in the sixth round (199th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of UAB. In five NFL seasons, Webb played in 40 regular season games with four starts (two at quarterback and two at wide receiver). He has completed 88-of-152 passes for 853 yards and three touchdowns with five interceptions, and added seven receptions for 58 yards. He has rushed 41 times for 273 yards and four touchdowns, and returned four kickoffs for 92 yards. He has played in three career postseason games, including a start at quarterback for Minnesota in 2012.

Panthers Retain Rights to Four Others

The Panthers have retained four of their exclusive rights free agents by signing running back Fozzy Whittaker to a two-year contract and wide receiver Brenton Bersin, offensive lineman Brian Folkerts and linebacker Ben Jacobs to one-year deals.

Carolina hasn’t tendered its other exclusive rights free agent, offensive tackle Kevin Hughes. If not tendered, Hughes can become a free agent and sign with any team when the NFL’s free agency signing period begins Tuesday. Whittaker, Bersin, Folkerts and Jacobs would have become free agents if the Panthers had not signed or tendered them.

Now that the Panthers have dealt with their exclusive rights free agents in addition to signing potential unrestricted free agent Colin Cole and potential restricted free agent Chris Scott to one-year deals, Carolina has nine players who could become unrestricted free agents Tuesday: offensive tackle Byron Bell, linebacker Chase Blackburn, tight end Ed Dickson, cornerback James Dockery, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, defensive end Greg Hardy, center Kevin Matthews, guard Fernando Velasco and offensive tackle Garry Williams.

Courtesy: CarolinaPanthers.Com

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