Panthers Activate CB Eli Apple From IR, Waive DE Shareef Miller


Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Panthers are activating CB Eli Apple from injured reserve on Saturday. Eli Apple

Tom Pelissero adds that the Panthers will waive DE Shareef Miller to make room for Apple. 

The Panthers have confirmed the news and announced that they’ve activated RB Reggie Bonnafon and LB Chris Orr from the practice squad for Sunday‚Äôs game. 

Apple, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2016. He was traded to the Saints two years later for a 2019 fourth-round pick and 2020 seventh-round pick. 

Apple was in the final year of his four-year, $15.152 million contract when the Saints declined to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2020 season. He made a base salary of $2.51 million for the 2019 season. 

The Panthers signed Apple to a one-year deal worth $3 million this past March after he deal with the Raiders fell through. 

In 2019, Apple appeared in 15 games for the Saints and recorded 58 tackles, no interceptions, a forced fumble and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 61 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.

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