The Carolina Panthers will have to find a new punter this offseason after Brad Nortman signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent. The team had signed Swayze Waters prior to Nortman heading for Jacksonville and on Monday added Michael Palardy to compete for the starting job, the team announced.
Last offseason, Palardy was signed by the then St. Louis Rams however was cut prior to the 2015 season. As the article notes on Panthers.com, Palardy went and played one game in the Canadian Football League last year and actually filled in for his new teammate, Waters, who was injured.
Palardy played his college football for the University of Tennessee and in his senior season in 2013, he was one of seven kickers to handle the punt, field goal and kickoff responsibilities for his team. However, he was the only left-footed kicker to do that.
The competition for the starting punter job will be one of the most heated this offseason for the Panthers, mainly because it is a wide open competition. Last year's starter and only punter on the roster, Nortman, has left the Panthers which means the team will be starting from scratch in 2016.
The fact they have two punters with almost no experience in the NFL, it would not be surprising to see them add another punter before training camp to compete for the starting job.