CHARLOTTE – The Panthers made another significant addition at a position of need, as they continue an offseason trend of bolstering their defense.
The team on Wednesday agreed to terms with cornerback A.J. Bouye .
Bouye won’t be eligible for the first two games of the season as he finishes up a suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances last year, meaning the Panthers will still be shorthanded in September. But with the schedule expanding to 17 games, that leaves 15 in which he could make a significant difference to a defense short on experience. He’s still able to participate fully in any offseason program, training camp, and preseason games.
Bouye started his career as an undrafted rookie with the Texans, but grew into a productive starter there. That earned him a free agent payday with the Jaguars in 2017, as he signed a five-year, $67.5 million deal to jump across the division in free agency.