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Panthers Agree to Terms with OL Damien Lewis

Another big man up front to protect Bryce Young.

Late Monday night, the Carolina Panthers took care of their other guard spot by agreeing to terms on a four-year, $53 million deal with veteran Damien Lewis, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The contract has $26.2 million in guaranteed money.

Lewis was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks back in 2020 out of LSU and has been a consistent piece up front over the last four years protecting for Russell Wilson and Geno Smith. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Lewis allowed three sacks and committed four penalties in 931 offensive snaps this past season. He had a 97.2% pass block efficiency rating, allowing 29 pressures on the year. Lewis has never allowed more than three sacks in a season and been a mauler in the run game, finishing in the top 20 in run blocking among all guards twice by PFF.

With the commitments from Damien Lewis and Robert Hunt, the Panthers have completely transformed the offensive line, a group that saw Bryce Young sacked 62 times as a rookie.