The Carolina Panthers announced a series of roster moves on Saturday ahead of their Week 16 game.
- Panthers activated QB Sam Darnold from injured reserve.
- Panthers activated DT Derrick Brown from the COVID-19 list.
- Panthers placed CB Rashaan Melvin on the COVID-19 list.
- Panthers elevated OL Mike Horton, RB Reggie Bonnafon, CB Madre Harper, TE Stephen Sullivan and DL Frank Herron from the COVID-19 list.
Darnold, 24, is in the final year of a four-year, $30.370 million rookie contract he signed with the Jets in 2018 that includes a $20.167 million signing bonus. The Panthers exercised his fifth-year option for 2022 after acquiring him from New York.
He’s set to make a base salary of $920,000 this season and $18.858 million in 2022 under the fifth-year option.
In 2021, Darnold has appeared in nine games and recorded 182 completions on 306 pass attempts (59.5 percent) for 1,986 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions.