The Panthers are set to release safety Tre Boston, according to ESPN.com’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.