Sources – Panthers sign former Dolphins OG Hunt to 5-year, $100M deal

The Carolina Panthers are finalizing a five-year, $100 million deal that includes $63 million guaranteed with former Miami Dolphins guard Robert Hunt, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler.

Hunt registered at least one snap at every position on the Dolphins' offensive line except left guard during his four seasons. He played primarily right tackle and right guard, starting 55 of a possible 67 games, with a hamstring injury limiting him to 10 games in 2023.

He has won 90.9% of his passes during his career, allowing just 12 sacks on 3,316 snaps.

Hunt, who turns 28 in August, was the Dolphins' second-round pick in a productive 2020 draft class that produced six starters, including teammate Austin Jackson, who signed a three-year, $36 million extension with the team in December.

New Panthers coach Dave Canales recently said at the NFL combine that he is committed to providing quarterback Bryce Young with more interior protection after a rookie season in which the top pick in the 2023 draft was sacked 62 times, second only to Sam Howell of the Washington Commanders with 65.

Carolina had to play with seven left guards and eight right guards last season due to injuries and poor play, so signing Hunt fills an immediate need.

The Panthers are also looking to upgrade at the position with plans to release starter Bradley Bozeman before he is due a $1.5 million roster bonus on March 16, according to a league source. Bozeman's eight sacks allowed last season were the most of any qualifying position.

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ESPN's Marcel-Louis Jacques and David Newton contributed to this report.

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