Brayton (6-foot-6, 280 pounds) is expected to compete for playing time at right defensive end with Charles Johnson, Stanley McClover, and perhaps others whom the Panthers obtain via free agency or the draft. On third downs, Brayton also could move inside to defensive tackle to provide an inside pass rush.
“He’s really, really excited about coming to Carolina,” said his agent, Tom Mills. Brayton was a first-round pick in 2003, chosen 32nd overall by Oakland. He didn’t produce as much as expected and was tried at defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker. He started 47 games in his first four seasons and spent last season as a backup. He has six career sacks.
Brayton, 28, becomes the third player to sign or agree to terms with the Panthers since the start of free agency Friday, following Cleveland cornerback Ricardo Coclough and Arizona guard Keydrick Vincent.