The Carolina Panthers signed OT Jeremy Bridges to an undisclosed deal today. The deal is presumed to be for the remainder of the season at the veteran minimum.
The move is a sign that the Panthers are not pleased with their OL play, particularly at guard, and could go a long way in solidifying a patchwork offensive line, assuming Bridges can play at the level he did four or five years ago.
Bridges has already spent three years of his career in Carolina, playing primary RT. Bridges was a starter at RT for the final 14 games of the 2006 season, for 10 games in 2007 and for four games in 2008 before being released in February 2009.
Bridges spent the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Cardinals, starting a total of 16 games. He injured his hand in camp and was subsequently put on injured reserve. The Cardinals decided to cut him a few weeks ago.
The 10-year veteran will look to compete with Jeff Byers at RG, and also be a viable backup at either tackle position.