NFL Carolina Panthers

Panthers sign TE Finley

The Panthers have another a move at tight end, signing Joe Jon Finley and waiving Tarren Lloyd.

This may mean the end of Jeremy Shockey in Carolina Panther blue. The Panthers also have Greg Olsen as their starting tight end. They traded a third round pick for Olsen last year and they have never regretted the trade since

Finley, a 6-6, 251-pounder, spent only two weeks on the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster last October before being waived. He obviously showed the talent to make a roster, and now the Panthers are taking advantage of it.

Finley was undrafted out of Oklahoma and spent 2008, then 2009 seasons on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad before making the Lions’ practice squad and then roster briefly.

Finley caught 62 passes for 775 yards and 10 touchdowns his last year for the Sooners and received honorable mention for the All-Big 12 team as a junior and senior.

The Panthers have recently received questions about their depth at wide receiver and tight end, but Ron Rivera has said that they are happy with their depth and will see if they need to add help after they go through their OTAs. Finley joins a deep crew, and will have to play lights out to make the team and then contribute significantly.