UNC Football: Tre Boston returns to Panthers on three-year deal

Former UNC football standout Tre Boston has reached an agreement on a three-year deal to remain with the Carolina Panthers.

Veteran safety Tre Boston has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal to stay with the Carolina Panthers, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Boston will receive $9.5 million in the first year of the deal, one that came much earlier than those in previous offseasons.

It’s a big payday for Boston, whose previous one-year stop in Arizona landed him just $3 million in compensation. The increase in pay is well-deserved for a player as underrated as Boston, who ranked No. 65 on PFT’s list of the top-100 free agents in 2020.

Boston took to Twitter on Tuesday night to express his excitement about the new deal, and gratitude for the opportunity to remain with the organization for the foreseeable future.

The former Tar Heel compiled 53 solo tackles and 15 assists in 2019. He had three interceptions, one tackle for loss, one QB hit and 11 passes defended. He started all 16 games for the 5-10-1 Cardinals. Over the course of his six-year career in the NFL, Boston has accumulated 334 combined tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 QB hits, 14 interceptions and 38 passes defended with the Panthers, Chargers and Cardinals.

His return to Carolina in 2020 should be a welcomed sight for a 5-11 Panthers team that finished in last-place in a top-heavy NFC South. It was also announced Tuesday that former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be joining Boston in Carolina next season on a newly inked three-year deal work $63 million.

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