Rashaan Melvin comes to Carolina eight seasons after entering the league in 2013. Read more about the cornerback below:
Melvin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Tampa Bay in 2013 out of Northern Illinois.
From that time, he has been on active, off-season or practice squad rosters for the Buccaneers, Dolphins, Ravens, Patriots, Colts, Raiders, Lions, and Jaguars.
Last season, Melvin opted out of playing with Jacksonville due to COVID-19.
Standing out in Indy
Melvin's best season arguably came in 2017 in Indianapolis. He had three interceptions and 13 passes defended while making 36 tackles. He allowed an opposing passer rating of 60.3, ranking 11th among cornerbacks in the NFL that season, according to PFF.
In 2019 in Detroit, he had a career-high 12 starts with a career-best 68 tackles and 11 pass deflections.
At age 31, Melvin will be the oldest defensive player in the Panthers locker room.
He will be able to provide valuable experience and leadership to a young secondary group.
Northern Illinois pride
Melvin is the longest-tenured cornerback to ever come out of Northern Illinois, but he's far from the school's only notable product. Skill players Michael Turner and Justin McCareins come to mind while defensive tackle Hollis Thomas played 13 seasons with the Eagles and Saints, before finishing up with the Panthers in 2009.
View photos of Rashaan Melvin's career in the NFL which includes stops in Detroit, Oakland, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Tampa Bay.