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Panthers make small move to solidify OL, but bigger decision looming

Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (73) signed a two-year deal with the team on Monday.
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (73) signed a two-year deal with the team on Monday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

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.

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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