The Carolina Panthers made a significant improvement to the punter position on Monday by trading for Andy Lee and a seventh round pick in 2017 with the Cleveland Browns, according to the team's site. The Panthers send punter Kasey Redfern and a fourth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in return.
Lee is entering his 13th season in the league after being drafted in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent the first 11 years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers. This is the second consecutive season Lee has been traded after the 49ers traded him to the Browns last year.
For his career, Lee has 46,738 gross punting yards and has averaged over 46 yards per punt the past seven seasons. He is a three time Pro Bowler as well as being named to the First-Team All-Pro three times (2007, 2011, 2012).
This move is an excellent move for the Panthers, who have been trying to find a way to address the loss of Brad Nortman in the offseason. This is now the fifth punter the team has brought in this offseason after signing and eventually releasing Swayze Waters and Michael Palardy and recently traded Redfern, who was signed during training camp.
This only leaves Mike Scifres as the remaining punter on the roster, however he has been dealing with a number of injuries. This past week against the New England Patriots, he was forced to leave due to a knee injury.