Earlier today the Carolina Panthers signed XFL star quarterback, P.J. Walker. Read Bernie’s article on the signing here.
Carolina added to the list by signing veteran linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Both Whitehead and Walker are products of Temple University, a school Panthers head coach Matt Rhule once coached for. Whitehead, along with Walker, played for Rhule while he was the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008-2011 at Temple.
Whitehead was released by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month after starting the last two seasons. The 30-year-old was drafted by the Detroit Lions in fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft and played his first 6 seasons in the Motor City. The veteran linebacker has finished his last four seasons with over 100 total tackles. Last year, only Eric Reid, Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson finished with 100+ tackles. With Kuechly retiring and Reid being released, Whitehead will help Thompson make up for the lack of tackling left on the defense.
The Panthers and Whitehead have agreed to a one-year deal, and according to Ian Rapoport, this is “a solid signing late in free agency.”