It seems like the Carolina Panthers have been signing free agent safety Tre Boston for the past six months. When news broke overnight that they finally made it official, it was the least surprising headline of the offseason. So why did it take so long?
Flashback to February when Ron Rivera stated then rookie safety Rashaan Gaulden would be getting a look at nickel. This was the first sign that Rivera was not at all sold on Gaulden as a safety. But hey, why not wait until camp and give the kid one last try out at free safety.
The 2019 Carolina Panthers training camp started and Gaulden had not improved. He just was not cutting the mustard at safety. When they moved him to nickel, however, low and behold he looked like a football player once again. A nickel is what he is and a nickel is what he shall be, henceforth.
The Panthers quickly decide to move Ross Cockrell to free safety, praying he could provide competency at the position. Cockrell could very well end up being a solid free safety for the Carolina Panthers, but having never really played the position before it will take time. A stop gap is needed.
Enter Tre Boston.
The Panthers didn’t want Tre Boston. They needed Tre Boston. In his last year with the Carolina Panthers his play was lackluster at best. Decent in ball hawking, poor in tackling, and more than one instance of plays just given up on. The Panthers had hoped to be in a better position and to not need Boston. Apparently, that didn’t work out.
So here we are. Tre Boston is once again a Carolina Panther. Overall, they are not as good at safety they wanted to be, but they are much better off than they were in February. Throw in the fact that Gaulden may prove to be a decent nickel and overall this is a good signing for the Carolina Panthers.Agree? Disagree? You can sound off right here with thousands of Carolina Panthers fans.