The team announced it promoted veteran offensive tackle David Sharpe to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Carolina also added veteran linebacker Deion Jones, defensive end Chris Wormley and cornerback Dicaprio Bootle to the practice squad.
Sharpe, 27, signed with the Panthers’ practice squad last week following final cuts. The 2017 fourth-round pick, listed as 6-foot-6 and 343 pounds, has played 36 games (seven starts) across six seasons for the Raiders, Commanders and Ravens. He will join undrafted rookie Ricky Lee as one of the two backup offensive tackles behind starters Ickey Ekwonu and Taylor Moton this season.
Jones, 28, enters his second stint with the Panthers, as he was released during final cuts earlier this month. Jones, listed as 6-foot-1 and 227 pounds, was a late arrival to training camp at Wofford College in August. He participated in the team’s preseason slate before being released ahead of the final cut deadline. The 2016 second-round pick has played in 96 career games (88 starts) for the Falcons and Browns. Jones has produced 696 tackles, 11 sacks, 47 pass breakups and five forced fumbles during his seven-year career.
Wormley, 29, was a 2017 third-round pick. He comes to Carolina with 80 games (31 starts) of experience. During his career, Wormley, listed as 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, has produced 142 tackles, 11 sacks and 10 pass breakups. Wormley spent the past three seasons in Pittsburgh after spending the first three years of his career in Baltimore.
Bottle, 25, spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Nebraska alum, listed as 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, has appeared in seven career games and collected 11 career tackles. Bottle’s signing comes after starting cornerback Jaycee Horn suffered a game-ending hamstring injury against the Falcons on Sunday.
The Panthers entered Monday with one open spot on their 53-man roster, so a corresponding move wasn’t needed to add Sharpe. However, the Panthers only had two open spots on their practice squad, so defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth was released to make room for one of the three new signings on the practice roster.
Both the 53-man roster and the 16-man practice squad are at their league limits.