THURSDAY, 9:04am: Dickson’s three-year deal with the Panthers, which is worth $6.8MM, is now official, tweets Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
TUESDAY, 2:22pm: Dickson will earn between $6MM and $7MM over the life of the deal, per David Newton of ESPN.com (Twitter link).
2:00pm: It’s a three-year deal for Dickson, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). In that case, the veteran tight end should be in line for more than the minimum salary.
1:57pm: The Panthers have reached an agreement with Ed Dickson that will keep the tight end off the open market and will bring him back to Carolina, reports Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter).
Dickson, 27, joined the Panthers last offseason, and was used sparingly in the team’s passing game, receiving a career-low 17 targets for just 10 overall receptions. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) also graded him as a below-average pass blocker and run blocker, but the Panthers apparently liked his play well enough to retain him for another year.
Financial terms of the agreement aren’t yet known, but Dickson is coming off a minimum-salary contract, so it seems very likely he’ll get another minimum deal this time around.
The Browns had been expected to show some interest in Dickson.