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Michael Oher signs contract extension


CHARLOTTE – Michael Oher, a stabilizing force at left tackle for the Panthers last season, has signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

"I'm very excited," Oher said. "I really can't wait to get to work. I don't want to let these guys down. They believe in me."

Oher signed a two-year contract with Carolina a year ago after being released by the Tennessee Titans following an injury-plagued 2014 season.

Many doubted whether Oher, who hadn't played left tackle since 2012, could get the job done, but the Panthers had no such doubts. Reunited with John Matsko, his offensive line coach his first two NFL seasons, Oher again flourished with the Panthers, recapturing the form that prompted the Baltimore Ravens to select him with the 23rd pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Oher was one of the feel-good stories of the draft that year with the impending release of "The Blind Side," an Oscar-winning movie that chronicled his rags-to-riches rise from a challenging childhood. Oher played five seasons in Baltimore, earning all-rookie honors in 2009 and a Super Bowl ring to cap the 2012 season.

The Titans signed him prior to the 2014 season and used him on the right side, where he has made 54 of his 107 career starts. A toe injury snapped a streak of 91 starts that tracked back to his NFL debut, but a healthy and happy Oher again thrived with the Panthers.

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