The Carolina Panthers cleared some salary cap room by getting left tackle Jordan Gross to agree to a pay cut and then they went to work using it.

The Panthers agreed to a two-year contract with linebacker Chase Blackburn, according to the Charlotte Observer, providing the team with some depth at the position.

There is an easy connection here as Carolina general manager Dave Gettelman came from the New York Giants, where Blackburn spent the entirety of his eight-year career. The Panthers are set at linebacker right now in the middle with Luke Kuechly, the defensive rookie of the year last season. But Thomas Davis and Jon Beason, starters on the outside, have both had durability issues.

Blackburn essentially replaces James Anderson, who was cut in a cap move and has since signed with the Chicago Bears.

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