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Panthers re-sign DE Wes Horton to two-year deal

Posted February 27

— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a two-year contract with restricted free agent defensive end Wes Horton, the team announced Monday morning.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Horton appeared in 11 games last season for Carolina with 10 starts last season. He recorded 13 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The four-year defensive end joined Carolina in 2013 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Southern California.

Horton has taken an unconventional route to solidify his place on Carolina’s roster after being released and re-signed three times since 2015.

He was suspended four games by the National Football League on Nov. 2015 for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy and was released nearly a month later by Carolina.

Horton was once again signed by Carolina last offseason to a one-year deal in February but didn’t make the team after 53-man roster cuts in September.

However, Carolina called Horton’s number two days before its Week 6 game last season against the New Orleans Saints.

In four seasons, Horton has started in 27 of 45 games played, recorded 55 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 23 quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defended.

Horton is the second defensive back to be signed in as many days after Carolina re-upped with Mario Addison on a three-year deal Sunday afternoon.

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