NC Panthers’ Willie Beavers signs contract extension

NC Panthers cornerback Willie Beaver signed a new five-year extension on Thursday, ending a tumultuous three-year span with the team that ended last year with a 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Beavers, 28, is one of the top free-agent cornerbacks in the league.

The deal, worth $9.75 million in total, will pay Beavers $1.6 million per season through the 2021 season.

Beavers has had two different stints in Carolina over the past four seasons, beginning in 2010 and finishing with the Panthers in 2015.

In his first season with the club, Beavers recorded a career-high four interceptions.

The veteran cornerback had a career season in 2016 with 16 interceptions, tying his career-best total.

In 2016, Beaver was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and in 2017 he was named a Pro Bowl selection.

Beaver also had one interception in 10 games in 2016, but in 2017, he played in just two games, totaling two tackles.

The move comes as the Panthers continue to try to build on the success of the 2016 season.

Beaver and new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan both spent time with the New York Giants in the 2017 offseason, but Beavers played just eight games in the following year.

Beards new contract also gives Carolina more cap space to build around, as they currently have $24 million in cap space.

The Panthers will likely have the most cap space of any team in the NFL this year, and they are also expected to make a decision on quarterback Cam Newton’s contract before the start of free agency next month.

NC Panthers cornerback Willie Beaver signed a new five-year extension on Thursday, ending a tumultuous three-year span with the team…