According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with guard Amini Silatolu.
This will be Silatolu’s second run with the Panthers, who made him a second-round draft pick back in 2012. He did have injury issues that held him back a bit, but he still managed to start 28 games and play in 34 from 2012 to 2015. His best year, before those injuries really took hold, was as a rookie. That season, he started 15 games as the Panthers’ left guard. He sometimes subbed in at tackle.
He’s never again started that many games – in his entire career, not just in a single season – and was actually out of football entirely in 2016. His rookie deal ran out and the Panthers let him walk after 2015 came to a close with the Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. He then signed on with the Chicago Bears, but they cut him before the 2016 regular season began. No one picked him up all year, so this is his chance to work his way back onto the field.
As Max Henson noted on the team’s official website:
“The Panthers have brought back guard Amini Silatolu on a one-year contract after liking what they saw during a recent workout.”
The terms of that contract have not yet been released, other than the fact that it’s just a one-year deal. It’s really just a depth signing, but it gives them a depth player who knows the team and the system, so it’s easy for them to trust him and they can plug him in when needed.