Panthers Sign OT Willie Smith
On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers announced the signing of offensive Willie Smith. Smith, 29, inked a one-year deal to head back to the Carolinas and join his hometown team.
The Kenley, N.C. product attended East Carolina University, where he started in 27 of his 54 games from 2007 to 2010. Smith broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Washington and started three games at left tackle during his rookie campaign.
After failing to make the final roster cut in the summer of 2012, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was waived and later picked up by the Oakland Raiders. He would then make two additional stops, one in San Diego and another in Washington, racking up appearances in 25 games between 2012 and 2014.
To make room for Smith, the Panthers waived/injured fullback Devon Johnson. Johnson, a rookie, signed with Carolina on May 19 following the 2016 draft.