Tre Boston is back -- and excitement is flaring up across the Carolina's.
The former Panthers free safety has spent the last two seasons in two different NFL uniforms. He began his NFL career in Carolina for three seasons, and ventured off to play for the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals.
He's back with the Panthers on a one-year, $3 million deal -- and he brings much-needed value to the team. Carolina spent this offseason with laser focus on the defensive front, and they came away with incredible results. They have solid depth at the linebacker positions, and the cornerback roles are filled with talented young guys. Strong safety is covered by Eric Reid, and free safety was the big question mark.
The Panthers tried to solve the free safety issue by throwing Raashan Gaulden back there, but they realized that he wasn't fit for it after a week of training camp. So, they went out and brought back Boston -- who is more than excited to return to Carolina.
His excitement can easily get summarized by his actions. He reportedly struck a deal late Wednesday night, and he officially signed and made it to training camp Thursday morning.
When asked about being the missing piece -- he was overly confident in his ability to provide for this team.
“That’s what they told me I was,” Boston told Panthers reporter Max Henson. “I believe I’m one of the best in the league. Stats show it. I looked at the depth chart and said we can be something special. It’s about getting my job done and being accountable. I have to play my ball and have fun doing it.”
He has grown tremendously as a player since leaving Carolina, and the numbers prove it. He only recorded three interceptions in three seasons with the Panthers -- and he's recorded eight interceptions in the past two seasons alone. His numbers also increased in terms of passes deflected and total tackles.
Boston is a fan-favorite that will bring leadership and energy to a team that is already on a high.