Defensive Tackle Comes Out Of Retirement To Sign With Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have signed former Detroit Lions nose tackle John Penisini to a one-year contract for the 2023 NFL season.

After announcing his retirement from football following the 2021 season, the 25-year-old decided to return to the league and bring his skills to the Panthers.

Penisini was a sixth-round draft pick by the Lions in 2020 and played as their starting nose tackle in his rookie season. Over his two-year career, he played a rotational role in head coach Dan Campbell's 4-3 defense, recording 49 tackles, including 23 solo tackles, a sack, one forced fumble, and one pass defended in 32 games.

Now, with the Panthers transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme, Penisini is expected to play a key role as the team's nose tackle. Weighing in at 333 pounds, he brings depth and experience to the defensive line.

The financial details of his contract have not been publicly disclosed at this time.

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