CHARLOTTE – Linebacker Jared Norris, a potential difference maker on special teams, has signed a two-year contract with the Panthers.
Norris was set to become a restricted free agent when the new league year begins March 13. His last two seasons were cut short by injury, but as an undrafted rookie out of Utah in 2016 he tied for third on the team with six special teams tackles.
After playing 14 games as a rookie, the 6-foot-1, 238-pounder totaled 14 games over the past two seasons, including just three games last season before a toe injury landed him on IR.
"I couldn't be more grateful. I'm so happy to be in Carolina still with the teammates I have here and with what we're capable of," Norris said. "I've played a lot of special teams here. That's my M.O., and I know my role there. That's what I've been known for, but I also feel I have more to bring to the table. I would love to get on the field to play some defensive snaps. I have a burning fire inside me to do that."