Shaq Thompson

While the 2023 season will likely be one of change for the Carolina Panthers, with the team almost certain to use the top pick on a quarterback, there will also be some familiarity.

Linebacker Shaq Thompson, one of the longest-tenured players on the team, will be returning.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network tweeted on Saturday that “Shaq Thompson is expected to remain in Carolina on a reworked 2-year deal.”

Jermaine Carter Jr., a fellow linebacker and one of Thompson’s former teammates in Carolina, liked the move.

Carter was not the only one to approve of Thompson returning to the Panthers.

Thompson was drafted by Carolina in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and has played with the Panthers ever since. He’s one of only two players (along with long snapper, J.J. Jansen) remaining from Carolina’s 2015 team, which went 15-1 and won the NFC Championship.

While primarily a linebacker, Thompson’s versatility has allowed him to play in the secondary throughout his career, especially in nickel and dime packages. In 2021, he intercepted a career-high two passes and defended five, tying another career-high. He didn’t intercept any passes in 2022, but was in on a career-high 135 tackles and started all 17 of Carolina’s games.

[Ian Rapoport]

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