The Panthers have re-signed defensive tackle Kyle Love to a two-year deal, the club announced today.
Love, 29, played in a rotational capacity for Carolina last season, and given the current state of the Panthers defensive line, that’s likely the role he’ll play in 2017. In addition to placing the franchise tag on Kawann Short, the Panthers also signed/re-signed ends Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson, each of whom has the ability to slide inside on obvious passing downs. Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, and Chas Alecxih are also in the mix on Carolina’s front four, so Love may see his snap percentage tick down from the 21% rate it hit in 2016.
Love appeared in 10 games (one start) for the Panthers last year, and racked up 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Pro Football Focus wasn’t fond of Love’s work, however, assigning him a lackluster 44.3 grade for the season, though he did earn above-average pass-rushing marks. All told, Love has played in 26 games during his three-year stint with Carolina.
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