At the conclusion of the 2019 year, linebacker Shaq Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
But he will be staying stuck with the Panthers in Carolina if Thompson has his way.
«That is a place I have been for five years,» Thompson told the Charlotte Observer’s Brendan Marks. «I don’t wish to learn any other place.»
Together with Carolina having picked up his fifth-year option, the 2015 NFL Draft’s 25th pick is set to create $9.23 million in 2019.
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To say it’s going to be a season for Thompson is a understatement.
At the final year of the contract, he’ll be playing as aforementioned. Additionally, he will be coming back by a season-ending excursion to injured reserve with a lingering shoulder injury and he will be transitioning, in addition to the remainder of the shield, by a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 in the aftermath of Thomas Davis’ passing.
Together with Davis gone, Thompson should be called upon for much more repetitions and more opportunity to demonstrate his range and flexibility.
The scheme appears to be coming together well.
«We’re used to 4-3, but we are getting adjusted to this 3-4,» he said. «I like it. It is just knowing where to line up and the way things match a little bit differently with front and all that.»
In 2018, Thompson’s 79 tackles in 11 starts (14 games) tied Davis for second on the Panthers and his 3.5 sacks were third on the group. He has been called on to play in nickel packages and occasionally at safety, so his versatility has come to the forefront.
He’s improved, Since Thompson’s role using the Panthers has increased.
Thus, as the 2019 kickoff dawns, everything appears to be convince Carolina to deliver him back and to have an impressive time. It is just up to him to grab a contract — along with the day.
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