The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday that they’ve signed CB Eli Apple to a one-year deal.
- According to Ian Rapoport, Apple’s contract is a one-year deal worth $3 million that includes a $750,000 signing bonus.
We've agreed to terms with Eli Apple! pic.twitter.com/u4FmMgfvUJ
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) May 28, 2020
Earlier this offseason, Apple agreed to a one-year contract worth $6 million with the Raiders. However, the two parties were unable to finalize the deal and the Raiders ultimately moved.
The Panthers could clearly use some cornerback help and Apple was one of the best available options at this point in the year.
Apple, 24, 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.
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.
We had him included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.