Panthers sign QB Webb, CB Cason and WR Underwood

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm •  Published: March 21, 2014
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The Carolina Panthers are finally getting active in free agency.

The Panthers bolstered three areas of need on Friday, signing unrestricted free agent quarterback Joe Webb and cornerback Antoine Cason to one-year contracts and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood to a two-year deal.

Financial terms were not released.

The moves come after the Panthers signed free agents safety Roman Harper and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery earlier this week.

Webb gives the Panthers an extra quarterback during offseason workouts with Cam Newton sidelined four months rehabilitating from ankle surgery.

Derek Anderson, who re-signed with the team, is expected to run the first-team offense while Newton is out.

Webb spent the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, seeing action at quarterback and wide receiver. The Panthers said in a press release they plan to use Webb at quarterback.

A former sixth-round draft pick out of Alabama-Birmingham, Webb completed 88 of 152 passes for 853 yards and three touchdowns and five interceptions with Minnesota.

Webb signed with the Panthers after what coach Ron Rivera described as a "strong workout" on Friday.

"He is a young player who intrigues us and has a similar skill set to Cam," Rivera said in a press release. "With Cam sidelined for the spring, it is an opportunity to get a good evaluation of Joe as well as Matt Blanchard, who was on our practice squad last year."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Cason is a six-year NFL veteran who played for Rivera in San Diego when Rivera was the Chargers defensive coordinator.

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