Panthers sign defensive end DaVonte Lambert, cornerback Derrek Thomas


The Carolina Panthers officially signed nearly all of its undrafted free agent class on Thursday and also signed two additional free agents, defensive end DaVonte Lambert and cornerback Derrek Thomas.

Lambert was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2016 by Tampa Bay. He played in 11 games with five starts that season, tallying 14 tackles and one forced fumble. He spent the 2017 season on injured reserve with Tampa Bay and was then waived prior to the start of the 2018 season. He saw action this past spring with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL.

Thomas was signed last spring by Seattle, coming as an undrafted free agent out of Baylor. He spent training camp in Pittsburgh, but was waived before the 2019 season. Prior to the NFL, Thomas played for head coach Matt Rhule at Baylor and Temple as he transferred from Temple after the 2017 season. He had 21 tackles and one interception for Baylor in 2018.

Carolina also made two corresponding moves on Thursday, waiving former South Carolina Gamecock K Elliott Fry and DB Dominique Hatfield.

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