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Carolina Panthers sign defensive lineman Chris Smith

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The Panthers made a move to bolster their defensive line depth today.

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After announcing the trade of offensive guard Trai Turner for offensive tackle Russel Okung, the Carolina Panthers announced another transaction, signing former Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Chris Smith.

The Panthers visited with Smith earlier this week, and decided to pull the trigger. Smith will come to Carolina on a one-year deal as the team works to rebuild its defense, which struggled along the front seven in 2019.

The Panthers front seven is currently in a state of flux, with Mario Addison, Gerald McCoy, Vernon Butler, Kyle Love, and Bruce Irvin among other names that currently appear slated to be free agents. The current plans for the Panthers defensive line point to a more fluid situation than in years past, as the coaches haven’t committed to being a strict 4-3 or 3-4 front. They need to load up the barracks in free agency and the draft to try and give this unit a face lift.

Expect more announcements soon, and follow along here with us at CSR for all of your offseason Panthers needs!