Panthers Sign Fernando Velasco

The Panthers have signed veteran offensive lineman Fernando Velasco, according to Bill Voth of the Black and Blue Review. Current Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson welcomed (and ultimately reported the signing of) his former Georgia teammate by posting a picture to Instagram.

Velasco spent 2013 with the Steelers, filling in for injured center Maurkice Pouncey. The 29-year-old was solid with Pittsburgh, as Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked him as the team’s fourth-best lineman. The lineman also spent four seasons with the Titans, where he consistently ranked among the team’s best linemen.

While the Panthers lack some depth at left tackle, the team instead added some depth up the middle. Velasco will back up starter Ryan Kalil, and he should also be able to adequately spot both guards positions.

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