Carolina Panthers: Team makes right move bringing back Efe Obada

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Efe Obada
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Efe Obada /

The defensive end is staying with the Carolina Panthers for at least another year.

The Carolina Panthers put pen to paper on a new contract Monday. No, it wasn’t for a new head coach. However, it was for somebody whose story is both inspiring and interesting. Efe Obada and the Panthers agreed to a one-year extension. He was going to be an exclusive rights free agent in March, but it appears he is staying in Carolina.

He recorded 24 tackles in his second season in the National Football League. After recording two sacks in 2018, he was not able to add to his sack numbers in 2019. As some may recall, he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors following Carolina’s game against Cincinnati. In that contest, he recorded a sack and an interception.

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Aside from being just a great story, I truly think he adds something to the defensive end position. He has a great motor, and is able to make plays happen. On a one-year deal, he will look to take that next step for Carolina. I would love to see him be able to get at least three sacks next season. He should be able to achieve that number. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the plans of the new coaching staff.

He is definitely a player that you can plug into different situations defensively. His versatility is certainly something the organization shouldn’t take for granted. As the second string left defensive end last season, he certainly was able to help Gerald McCoy at the position. McCoy was somebody that played with a high motor 100% of the time. Having Obada as an insurance policy was certainly a welcome situation.

I’m excited to see what he can do next season. Now in his third year in the league, he should definitely be able to help out the Panthers in a big way. If nothing else, he has already proven a ton by showing he can play at a high level in the best sports league in America.