CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After not signing one player from another team in free agency before the draft, the Carolina Panthers loaded up their roster with undrafted rookies.
The salary cap-strapped Panthers released on Tuesday a list of 20 rookies and two veterans who agreed to terms ahead of this weekend's minicamp.
Predicted by many to go in the middle rounds, Cadogan (6-foot-5, 309 pounds) went undrafted last weekend, leading to a bidding war. The Panthers went the unusual route of giving Cadogan a three-year contract.
Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
"We fielded offers from approximately 10 different teams on Gerald but determined that the Panthers presented the best opportunity," said Cadogan's agent, Scott Smith.
Carolina also reached terms with speedy running back Jamall Lee of Bishop's University in Canada. Lee has been listed as one of the top prospects for this weekend's Canadian Football League draft.
Beavers holds the NCAA all-division records with 10 career kickoff returns for touchdowns and 13 total touchdown returns. He led Division III in kick-return average (39.5 yards) last season.
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