The Carolina Panthers made a small move toward improving their offensive line depth Monday, although a much bigger decision is looming there.
The team signed reserve offensive lineman Greg Van Roten to a two-year deal through the 2019 season, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed.
Van Roten, who can play guard and center, was set to become a restricted free agent in March. Van Roten, 27, appeared in 10 games last season, with most of his action coming on special teams.
The Panthers invested a lot of money at the guard position last year when right guard Trai Turner, a three-time Pro Bowler, signed a four-year extension worth $45 million, with $20.5 million guaranteed.
Left guard Andrew Norwell is eligible for free agency in March, coming off the first All-Pro selection of his career. Norwell has said he’d like to stay with the Panthers, but also indicated he was open to exploring his options in free agency.