The Panthers announced that they’ve re-signed linebacker Ben Jacobs, agreeing to a two-year deal that will keep Jacobs in Carolina through the 2018 campaign. Jacobs was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Jacobs, 28, played in only three games for the Panthers last season, as he’d been released with an injury settlement before the 2016 season got underway. Re-signed in December, Jacobs went on to see 78 snaps on special teams, an area where’s he contributed in prior seasons. A former undrafted free agent out of Fresno State, Jacobs has never started an NFL contest, but played in all 32 possible games with Carolina from 2014-15, seeing action on nearly three-quarters of the Panthers ST snaps during that period.
Given that he was scheduled to become a restricted free agent, Jacobs likely could have been retained through the tender system at a cost of less than $2MM.
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