Linebacker Denzel Perryman has signed a new contract with the Carolina Panthers. Terms of this agreement are not yet available to the public.Perryman has spent all six years of his career so far with the Los Angeles Chargers.
ILB Denzel Perryman is signing with the Carolina Panthers, per source.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 17, 2021
Denzel Perryman, Carolina Panthers, Agree to Contract
Perryman played a slightly smaller role than in previous years in 2020. Despite playing in 13 games, he only started six of them (and it might have been fewer if not for injuries to multiple other linebackers). He finished with 48 combined tackles, which was the second least of his career – with the lower amount having come in a season he missed half of. Perryman also had one sack, one forced fumble, one pass deflection, three tackles for a loss, and two quarterback hits.
Perryman played football in high school at Coral Gables, Florida. He then played in college with the Miami Hurricanes. During his time there, he made First-Team All-ACC in both 2013 and 2014 and was Third-Team All-American in 2014. He had 100+ tackles in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The Chargers drafted him in the second round in 2015. Perryman quickly became one of the team’s primary tacklers, racking up 73 and 72 combined of them in 2015 and 2016, respectively. He also got two sacks each of his first two seasons, and would not get another sack until 2020.
Perryman developed a bit of a reputation for being injury-prone, as he has never played all 16 games of a season. This was most prevalent in 2017 and 2018 when he only played 16 games combined. However, he has never missed more than four games in any other season. Perryman has been one of the better Chargers linebackers for a while, but his struggles to stay healthy have stymied them on occasion.
Perryman thus far in his career has 349 combined tackles (250 solo), five sacks, three interceptions, six pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
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