The Panthers have made an addition to the defensive line ahead of next week's draft.
Former Tennessee Titans defensive tackle DaQuan Jones has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join Carolina, the team announced Tuesday. The contract is worth $4.05 million fully guaranteed, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.
Rapoport reported earlier in the day that the Panthers were bringing Jones in for a visit with the expectation that he'd sign with the team.
Jones, a former fourth-round pick in 2014, has spent his entire career in Tennessee. The underrated defensive lineman can be a versatile space eater. A run-stuffer, Jones compiled 235 career tackles and nine sacks over 99 games with the Titans.
One remaining need for the Panthers was adding depth alongside Derrick Brown in the interior of the defensive line. With few stand-out options in the draft, snagging a solid veteran like Jones at this stage should benefit a young defense.
Elsewhere around the NFL on Tuesday:
- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Rashard Robinson has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced. Robinson, 25, is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games but can not return to the active roster until the day after the Cowboys' second regular season game.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Ryan Griffin. The Tulane product spent the 2020 season as a third-stringer behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert; Griffin, 31, has been with the franchise since 2015.
- New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman addressed the decision to not adjust Kyle Rudolph's contract after the 31-year-old tight end's physical uncovered a foot injury prior to him signing his deal. "We are the Giants. We're going to do everything with class," Gettleman said. The GM also noted that team doctors signed off on Rudolph's injured foot.
- The Miami Dolphins announced the signing of offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. The news comes less than a day after the former first-round pick broke the news in a tweet.
- The Chicago Bears have re-signed safety Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract. Gipson started all 16 games in 2020, compiling 66 tackles, seven passes defensed and two interceptions.
- The San Francisco 49ers are hosting former Raiders pass-rusher Arden Key on a visit, Rapoport reported, per a source. Key was released on April 15.
- The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with guard Christian Montano and signed center Will Clapp.
- The L.A. Rams signed former Bills punter Corey Bojorquez. A native of Bellflower, California, Bojorquez joins a room that includes longtime starter and multi-time Pro Bowler Johnny Hekker, and 2020 COVID-19 contingency signing Brandon Wright.
- The Seattle Seahawks signed guard Kyle Fuller.