The Carolina Panthers will sign free agent defensive lineman Connor Wujciak to a contract, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The move comes in the wake of the injury suffered during the first week of the preseason to fellow defensive lineman Vernon Butler.
Wujciak missed the entire 2016 season as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after undergoing shoulder surgery. He was released by the team back in February.
Undrafted out of Boston College, the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder played four years along the Eagles defensive front. He made a career-high 33 tackles during his junior season, before finishing his senior year with 29 tackles — 10.5 of which came for a loss — along with a career-high four sacks. By the time he departed from campus, he finished his career with 21 tackles for a loss and seven sacks in a Boston College uniform.
A New Jersey native, Wujciak was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school.
With Butler injured, Wujciak will add to the Panthers depth along their front, which currently boasts former Pro Bowler Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei. Short finished second on the team in sacks last season with six.
Carolina attempted to shore up its defensive line during the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting defensive end Daeshon Hall out of Texas A&M in the third round.
The Panthers next preseason game comes next Saturday against the Tennessee Titans. Their regular season opens on Sept. 10 when the team travels to take on the San Francisco 49ers.