Panthers Designate CB Eli Apple & WR Keith Kirkwood To Return From IR


Panthers HC Matt Rhule told reporters on Wednesday that they’ve designated WR Keith Kirkwood and CB Eli Apple to return from injured reserve, per Joe Person

Eli Apple

This opens a three-week window of time for the Panthers to activate them from injured reserve and add them to their 53-man roster.

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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