The Carolina Panthers are signing linebacker Tahir Whitehead to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Whitehead spent the last couple of years with the Oakland Raiders and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and registered 108 tackles. He was released by the Raiders earlier this month.

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The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Temple, was originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (138th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

He had a limited role over his first two NFL seasons, amassing a grand total of 20 sacks in 2012 and 2013. Then, in 2014, Whitehead became a full-time starter for the Lions, appearing in 16 contests and recording 86 tackles, a pair of interceptions and five passes defended.

The Jersey City, N.J. native did not really break out until 2016, when he racked up 132 tackles and five passes defended in 15 games. He spent one more season with Detroit, finishing with 110 tackles, a pick and four fumble recoveries in 2017.

Whitehead then signed a three-year deal with the Raiders in March 2018, but he only made it two years into the contract before the Raiders decided to part ways with him.

The Panthers are in the middle of a rather pivotal offseason in which they are expected to eventually trade quarterback Cam Newton. However, Carolina's options are beginning to run thin, as many of the quarterback-needy teams around the league have already solved their problems under center.

The Panthers went 5-11 in 2019 and have missed the playoffs the last two years.