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June 18, 2014

Panthers agree to contract extensions with three players

The Panthers extended the contracts of three players Wednesday, including the versatile offensive lineman who is in the running to start at left tackle.

Nate Chandler, competing with Byron Bell for the role of protecting Cam Newton's blind side, signed a three-year extension, while backup defensive end Mario Addison and special teams standout Colin Jones received two-year extensions, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

All three were heading into contract years. Chandler would have become a restricted free agent after the season, while Addison and Jones were set to become unrestricted free agents.

"You have to think long-term and be proactive," general manager Dave Gettleman told the team's website. "Around here we talk about earning the right, and these three young guys have earned the right to these contract extensions."

"We think all three are ascending as players," Gettleman added. "This gave us a chance to lock them up long-term."

Chandler, the former defensive tackle, started eight games last season -- six at right guard and two at right tackle.

He looks like a lock to start at one of the two tackle positions.

"Going into this year I really wasn't thinking about an extension or anything like that. After OTAs it came up, and it really hasn't hit me yet," Chandler said.

"I'm just so thankful for them believing in me. I came in as an undrafted rookie not knowing if I would make the team, and now the two years of work I've put in has gotten me to this point. It's a really good feeling."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 18, 2014 at 01:52 PM | Permalink

Comments

Keep up the hard work boys.

Posted by: Richard | Jun 18, 2014 3:16:05 PM

Joe, have you personally inspected Cam's ankle? I need an eyes on the ground report.

does it look ok?
is it swollen?
any scarring from the minor surgery

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 18, 2014 3:51:35 PM

Check out my combine video on youtube. Sign me up for a 3 year contract.

Posted by: John Downing | Jun 19, 2014 10:01:18 AM

OT: Jimbo praises Benjamin ballhawk ability

http://sports.yahoo.c*m/video/jimbo-fisher-says-kelvin-benjamin-134007501.html

Posted by: GravyTrain | Jun 19, 2014 11:06:30 AM

Release EL Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Jun 19, 2014 11:46:56 AM

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