Panthers To Release Tre Boston

The Panthers are set to release safety Tre Boston, according to’s Adam Schefter (on Twitter). The move will save Carolina approximately $3.5MM against the 2021 books if Boston is designated as a post-June 1 cut. 

Boston returned to the Panthers in 2019, marking his second straight low-cost, one-year NFL deal. Then, Boston racked up eleven passes defensed and three interceptions, helping to turn around a suddenly resurgent secondary. He was rewarded with a three-year, $18MM deal, but he won’t see the final two seasons of that pact. The Panthers have already paid out the bulk of that commitment, furnishing him with $9.5MM in Year One.

Boston, 29 in June, tallied a career high 95 tackles in 2020 with two fumble recoveries, four passes defensed, and one interception. With 15 INTs and 104 career appearances under his belt, Boston should find a solid market for his services in March. However, given the anticipated drop in the salary cap, he’ll probably have to settle for less than his previous deal. Unfortunately for Boston, that may mean another short-term pact to carry him through 2021.

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    • Mr Goodkat

      What’s the knock against him? Always found it curious he hasn’t been able to stick anywhere. Just tackling or is there more?

      • keath

        Tackling, yes. But also terrible play recognition and even worse angles to the ball.

        He’s always been inflated by a couple things he does relatively well: hands and pass rush. So he gets sexy stats for INTs and sacks on blitzes, but insofar as fundamental over-the-top safety protection goes, he’s terrible and always has been. Anytime you see a highlight of a 30+ yard TD run or pass against a team he’s on, you’ll either see him trailing the scorer into the endzone or laying on the ground somewhere back yonder.

        • Mr Goodkat

          Appreciate the insight. That would seem to explain why he’s bounced then.

          • Ak185

            He’s exaggerating. Boston is really not close to being as bad as this poster believes. He is not a tackling safety, certainly. But Boston plays with a lot of range over the top and recognizes plays relatively well. He’s not an overly exciting player, however, and he does occasionally lose players in coverage. He is certainly not the worst player in the secondary, as this poster makes it seem.

            Chinn, however, looks like a real stud. Carolina got a real contributor there.

  1. MasterCal

    Surprising release here, thought they would’ve cut Burris over Boston

  2. driftcat28

    Whoa I looked fast and thought this guy was missing an arm in the picture

  3. MileHighFan

    This move makes no sense from just a money or raw stats perspective. Makes you wonder whether there is coaching staff friction or off-the-field issues at work here.

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