The Carolina Panthers announced Sunday that they’ve re-signed DE Mario Addison to a three-year contract.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Addison receives a three-year, $22.5 million contract with $11.5 million guaranteed and $9.75 million to be paid out in 2017.
“Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “He consistently affects the quarterback, and we envision an increased role for him in our defense. He’s a pro in the way he approaches the game and brings an upbeat attitude to our locker room. We’re thrilled he will continue his career with the Panthers.”
Addison, 29, originally signed on with the Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Troy back in 2011. He lasted just a few months in Chicago before he was waived and later claimed off of waivers by the Colts.
After a brief stint with the Redskins in 2012, the Panthers signed him to their practice squad and later gave him a two-year extension in 2014.
Addison was in line to be an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks.
In 2016, Addison appeared in 14 games and recorded 27 tackles, 9.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, a pass defense and a safety. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.