Panthers agree to terms with wide receiver Tiquan Underwood

03/21/2014 12:51 PM

03/22/2014 12:41 AM

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a two-year deal with wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, according to a league source.

Underwood, who is entering his sixth year in the league, visited the Panthers on Thursday. He caught 24 passes for a career-high 440 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Bucs.

He’s the latest addition to the Panthers’ receiving corps, which lost its top four receivers to release or free agency last week. Underwood, 27, joins Jerricho Cotchery, who signed a two-year deal with the team Thursday, as the newest Panthers receiver.

A seventh-round pick by Jacksonville in 2009, Underwood was with the Jaguars, Patriots and Bucs before Carolina. He averaged 18.3 yards per reception in 2013, and he will likely compete for the No. 3 receiver position in Carolina.

Underwood also has experience as a kick returner. In 2010 he returned 24 kicks for 561 yards for Jacksonville. Underwood could compete with Kenjon Barner and Kealoha Pilares at training camp for starting kick return duties.



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