"We look forward to having Michael be a part of what we are building here," coach Ron Rivera said, in a statement released by the team. "He's a pro who understands what it takes to win. A big part of why we pursued Michael was his relationship with offensive line coach John Matsko and the opportunity to have him work with Ray Brown. We are excited to have him."
It's an interesting fit for Oher, whose once-promising career has hit a roadblock over the past two seasons.
It's far from a certainty that Oher will keep the pressure off Newton in 2015, but he picked the right coaching staff to maximize his potential.
With no true left tackles available on the open market, the Panthers did well to add an intriguing reclamation project in case there's no immediate help via early-round draft picks.