Panthers Sign Tre Boston To One-Year Contract
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Panthers.com) – Carolina had a big question mark at free safety all offseason. Now, a week into training camp, they have a definitive answer.
The Panthers signed free agent safety Tre Boston to a one-year contract on Thursday, reuniting with their former fourth-round pick. To make room on the roster, Carolina waived tight end Ethan Wolf.
The Panthers drafted Boston out of North Carolina back in 2014 and he started 16 games in three seasons with the team before being released in 2017. During that span, he recorded five total interceptions (three in the regular season and two in the postseason).
He spent the 2017 season with the Chargers, recording a career-high five interceptions and eight passes defended as a full-time starter. He was with the Cardinals in 2018, posting three interceptions and nine pass breakups along with a career-high 85 tackles. His eight picks over the last two years tie him for third-most among all safeties in that span.
Now the 27-year-old is back where his NFL career began. And he could be the missing piece to a defense that has been revamped this offseason.
The news of Boston’s signing broke Wednesday evening from ESPN:
At Thursday’s training camp session, head coach Ron Rivera had this to say about Tre Boston – who watched the team practice from the sidelines:
“You’ve got to have a guy who’s productive back there. He’s been tremendously productive. He’s been available and we’ve been looking at him. We have a group of young guys who’ve been fine back there, but we feel now is a good opportunity to bring in a guy that can help us. It’s part of what we’re trying to build together as far as the pass rush and coverage and all that.
“He’s got a great skillset. He’s a physical guy. He can play down in the box. He has range and tremendous ball skills in terms of tracking balls and making plays on them. It really works good for us in terms of where he’s going to fit and what he can do for us.”
Tre Boston appeared at the House of Soccer in Romare Bearden Park on Friday, July 19th as he took part in the All-Star match. Boston was memorably pushed to the ground by former Panther, Jonathan Stewart. Tre got up and showed Stewart a yellow card for the aggression! Click here to see more from that game and House of Soccer.