The Panthers announced today that they have re-signed cornerback Ladarius Gunter to a 1-year contract. Gunter was previously a restricted free agent whom the Panthers chose not to tender before the start of free agency. He came to Carolina off of waivers after being cut by the Green Bay Packers early last season.
Gunter is not a signing that will likely move the needle at the cornerback position. If nothing else, he will provide a solid camp body who is familiar with the Panthers’ defense. Even with multiple injuries on the cornerback depth chart in 2017, Gunter struggled to see the field for anything more than special teams snaps.
As a positive note for those of you who are keeping track, there is no concern that signing Gunter will affect the Panthers’ position with regards to earning compensatory picks for this free agency period. His signing does not impact the formula because, while technically a free agent, he is being signed both by and from the Carolina Panthers. Effectively, he cancels himself out in this situation. Let’s hope he saves his impact for the 2018 regular season.