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Carolina Panthers bring back 5 in advance of free agency

With free agency set to start Thursday, the Carolina Panthers continue to fill out their roster today by bringing back five of their own.

The team put a 2nd round tendered on restricted free agent guard Andrew Norwell.  Norwell has become an important core piece to the Panthers offensive line since signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014.

Norwell has started 38 of the 39 games he has played with the team.

Norwell can still talk to other teams and receive an offer.  The Panthers can either match the offer or let Norwell walk and receive a 2nd round pick in compensation.

It was also announced today, that the Panthers have re-signed wide receiver Brenton Bersin to a one year deal.  

The former Charlotte Latin and Wofford star has played in 34 games as a Panther with 24 catches for 287 yards and 1 touchdown.  Bersin should factor into the battle for the slot receiver position this season.  

Safety and special teams ace Colin Jones also re-signed a 2 year deal with the team.  

Jones played in 14 games last season with 1 start.

He joined the Panthers back in 2012 and has 43 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception as a member of the Carolina Panthers.  He also has 42 special teams tackles since joining the team.

Carolina also put exclusive rights on free agent center Tyler Larsen and free agent punter Michael Palardy.  Both players came to the team last season and made immediate impacts for injured players.

Larsen played in 9 games for the Panthers and started the final 5 games of the season at center.  He will provide depth at the center position in 2017 behind Pro Bowler Ryan Kalil.

Palardy punted in the final 7 games of the 2016 season and averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a net average of 37.9.  He also had 13 punts inside the 20.  Palardy will battle Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee for punting duties in 2017.

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