Panthers tender 4 exclusive rights players, re-sign Iddings

- The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that the team has tendered contracts to four exclusive rights free agents: wide receiver Damiere Byrd, offensive lineman Tyler Larsen, tight end Chris Manhertz and punter Michael Palardy.

Carolina also re-signed defensive lineman Drew Iddings to a new one-year contract.

Byrd played in eight games with three starts in 2017 while dealing with arm and knee injuries. Byrd scored three touchdowns for Carolina, notching the first two receiving touchdowns of his career in the Panthers win against Green Bay (12/17/17). He then recorded a 103-yard kickoff return touchdown, the longest in team history and tied for the longest in the NFL last season, in the Panthers victory against Tampa Bay (12/24/17).

Larsen saw action in 13 games with 10 starts coming at center in place of an injured Ryan Kalil. Larsen was part of the starting offensive line in Carolina’s Monday Night Football victory over Miami (11/13/17) when the Panthers produced a franchise record 548 total net yards, including 294 rushing yards, the second-highest mark in team history.  

Manhertz notched career highs in 2017 with 16 games played and four starts. He saw the majority of his playing time on special teams and served as a reserve on offense, recording two catches for 17 yards.

Iddings, who was a potential exclusive rights free agent prior to signing the contract, spent 2017 on injured reserve after hurting his shoulder during training camp. 

The Panthers did not extend a tender to offensive lineman Dan France, the team’s final potential exclusive rights free agent. 

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