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Carolina Panthers sign running back Reggie Bonnafon to one-year extension

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The Panthers are keeping their “backup running back” in 2019 for the 2020 season.

The Carolina Panthers are bringing back running back Reggie Bonnafon on a one-year contract extension, according to an announcement made by the team’s Twitter account.

The Panthers bringing Bonnafon back for the 2020 season isn’t much of a surprise since he would be an exclusive rights free agent, which means other teams couldn’t sign him for 2020 even if they wanted to. (Not saying no one would want to, but with running backs being a dime a dozen, the odds aren’t exactly in his favor, ya know?)

Bonnafon went from being a practice squad member in 2018 to being Christian McCaffrey’s backup in 2019, and he even got some playing time! (And y’all said that McCaffrey got too much of the workload... pssh. What do y’all even know? Bonnafon had 16 carries! 16! He even scored a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars!)

On a more serious note, this is a smart move by the Panthers. Bonnafon did show that he has some ability to be a dual-threat out of the backfield, and with a new offensive system coming in with new head coach Matt Rhule and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Bonnafon could find himself carving out a useful role on the team’s offense in 2020.