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Carolina Panthers sign defensive back Cole Luke to one-year contract extension

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The Panthers have signed another exclusive rights free agent to a one-year contract.

The Carolina Panthers have signed defensive back Cole Luke to a one-year contract extension, according to an announcement by the team’s Twitter account.

Luke has spent most of his time with the Panthers on injured reserve and the practice squad, but he did appear in eight games last season and registered two tackles.

Luke played in eight games last season after being elevated from the practice squad, tallying two tackles. He spent the entire 2018 season on Carolina’s practice squad. He spent almost all of his rookie season in 2017 on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Just like the Reggie Bonnafon signing from yesterday, there’s no reason for the Panthers to not make this move. Luke was set to become an exclusive rights free agent when the new league year begins in March, so even if another team wanted to steal him from us, league rules would prevent them from doing so. Signing him to a one-year deal gives the new coaching staff a chance to assess whether or not he fits into their plans going forward, so he’ll have a shot to make the 53-man roster when training camp begins in July.

(I’m sorry for the headline on the front page. I couldn’t resist. I love y’all.)