The Carolina Panthers are signing wide receiver Keith Kirkwood to a one year deal.
Former Saints’ WR Keith Kirkwood is signing a 1-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, where he will reunite with his college coaches from Temple, per the Katz Brothers. Saints did not tender Kirkwood and he had four interested teams, but chose Carolina.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2020
As Schefter notes in his Tweet, Kirkwood spent three seasons at Baylor while Panthers head coach Matt Rhule was head coach there.
Kirkwood also has experience with new Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and new offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Bridgewater arrived to the Saints in the same offseason as Kirkwood and would’ve gotten quite a few reps with Kirkwood as the backup quarterback. Brady was an offensive assistant in New Orleans during Kirkwood’s rookie season.
Kirkwood has 13 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns in his career, all coming in 2018 (he missed 2019 with a hamstring injury). He has an intriguing blend of size (6’2” 221 pounds) and speed (4.45 40-yard dash) that this new coaching staff apparently covets.
There are no further details on the terms of the contract, but it’s likely that there are little to no guarantees.