The Panthers announced they have signed WR Aaron Parker to the practice squad. They also officially signed QB James Morgan and released CB Rashaan Melvin from the unit.
Carolina has three open spots remaining on the unit.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 2, 2021
Carolina’s practice squad now includes:
- WR Omar Bayless
- RB Spencer Brown
- DT Frank Herron
- DB Jalen Julius
- WR Keith Kirkwood
- G Aaron Monteiro
- DB Kenny Robinson
- WR C.J. Saunders
- RB Rodney Smith
- TE Stephen Sullivan
- C Sam Tecklenburg
- WR Aaron Parker
- QB James Morgan
Parker, 23, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Rhode Island in 2020. He was waived coming out of camp and re-signed to the practice squad.
Dallas signed Parker to a futures deal for the 2021 season but he was among their cuts again coming out of the preseason.
During his four-year college career, Parker recorded 216 receptions for 3,460 yards and 30 touchdowns in 43 games.
Melvin, 31, originally signed with the Buccaneers in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois. He has played for a few teams since the Buccaneers cut him before the start of the 2014 season including the Dolphins, Ravens and Patriots.
The Raiders signed Melvin to a one-year, $6.5 million contract in 2018 and he took another one-year deal a year later with the Lions worth $3.5 million.
In 2020, he signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Jaguars, but opted out of the season. Jacksonville released him after the season. He caught on with the Panthers on a one-year deal for 2021 but was cut coming out of the preseason.
In 2019, Melvin appeared in 13 games for the Lions and recorded 68 tackles, no interceptions and 11 passes defended.
Morgan, 24, was a two-year starter at Florida International after transferring from Bowling Green. The Jets selected him with the No. 125 pick in the fourth round in 2020.
Morgan was entering the second year of a four-year, $4,010,264 rookie contract that included a $715,264 signing bonus when the Jets waived him coming out of the preseason.
During his four-year college career, Morgan recorded 699 completions on 1,221 pass attempts (57.2 percent) for 8,654 yards, 65 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions.