CHARLOTTE – The Panthers signed running back Jordan Todman to a one-year contract. "It's a great opportunity," Todman said. "I'm excited to come to a playoff team, a team with upside that wants to be great."
Todman, who was originally a sixth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers in 2011, spent the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he contributed out of the backfield and on special teams.
"Jordan is a veteran running back who has had some success in this league," head coach Ron Rivera said. "We think he has some return skills and we are always looking to be good in that area. At running back, he brings versatility. He is stout and physical enough to run the ball up inside, but he's got the quickness and speed to get outside to the corner."
Todman played in all 32 games over the past two years, rushing 108 times for 442 yards and three touchdowns during that span. He also recorded 40 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns.
Todman served as the Jaguars' primary kick returner in 2014 and amassed 972 return yards on 38 attempts – the third-highest total in the NFL. He also finished second on the team with seven special teams tackles.
"I hope to bring an extra spark to the team," Todman said. "I'll do whatever is asked – running back, returns, covering kicks. I expect to play at a high level and get better."