Just hours before the NFL‘s July 15 deadline, the Carolina Panthers and Taylor Moton agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will reportedly make him one of the highest-paid right tackles in the league.
Taylor Moton signs lucrative extension to stay in Carolina
According to NFL Network, it is a four-year, $72 million extension that will keep him under contract through 2025. The Panthers announced the extension mid-afternoon Thursday. Had a deal not been reached before 4 PM, Moton would have played the 2021 season under the franchise tag, paying him $13.8 million guaranteed. Following the season, Moton would have been eligible for free agency next March. Instead, he’s a part of the Panthers’ long-term plans.
Moton, 26, was on the field for every offensive snap (1,033) in 2020. He has started every game since the team inserted him into the lineup at the beginning of his second season. He is 12th in PFN’s offensive tackle rankings entering the season.
Other players on the franchise tag seeking an extension
Moton was one of seven tagged players who woke up without an extension on July 15.
The other six are Saints safety Marcus Williams, Jaguars tackle Cam Robinson, Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson, Washington Football Team tackle Brandon Scherff and Jets safety Marcus Maye. Since the deadline passed without a new deal, they are ineligible to sign an extension until after the season.
Three other players were tagged back in March but later signed extensions: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams, and Broncos safety Justin Simmons.
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