Panthers Re-Sign Veteran Defender Ahead of Free Agency

The 32-year-old Hill is coming off a solid 2023 season with the Panthers.
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The Carolina Panthers are getting an early jump on building their roster for the 2024 season. It is a pivotal offseason for Carolina, who are looking to bounce back from a rough 2023 season where they finished with a league-worst 2-15 record.

The first step towards a better 2024 regular season is re-signing some players from last year’s team. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the Panthers re-signed veteran cornerback Troy Hill to a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old cornerback had a solid 2023 campaign with the Panthers after being a starter in 2022 with the Los Angeles Rams. Hill recorded 48 combined tackles, six pass deflections, three tackles for loss, and an interception in 16 games this past season (three starts).

The veteran defensive back only played 50 percent of defensive snaps in 2023 with Carolina but was okay in pass coverage. Hill produced a 61.8 completion percentage allowed on targets and a 96.3 pass rating allowed when targeted but gave up four receiving touchdowns.

The 5-foot-11 cornerback could potentially be the Panthers’ starting nickel back next season as Jeremy Chinn will become an unrestricted free agent. 

The re-signing of Hill isn’t the needle mover for Carolina to win the NFC South (+800 on FanDuel Sportsbook), but it’s a good first step to an improved 2024 season under new head coach Dave Canales.

Carolina is coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history, but that doesn’t mean fans should not be excited about the team’s future. At FanDuel Sportsbook, new users in North Carolina can sign up now to get their free $100 and to unlock up to $300 bonus bets total.