Based on the way he played for the Titans, left tackle Michael Oher wouldn’t have been an upgrade for many teams.
Fortunately for Oher, the Panthers were there for him.
The Panthers announced they signed the former Ravens first-rounder to a two-year deal.
He’ll replace the replaceable Byron Bell at left tackle for the short term, and there are reasons to think it might work. Back when Oher appeared to be good at football, he was being coached by John Matsko, who’s now coaching the Panthers linemen.
And, he’s going to a place where expectations have been lowered by the shoddy line they put in front of Cam Newton last year.
“I’m excited to be joining an organization that knows how to win. They’ve won the past two division championships, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Oher said. “When I came here on a visit, the culture was great. They’re very into winning and doing everything possible to win.”
Signing Oher keeps them from reaching for a left tackle in the draft, and crosses a box off for the short term, though there are no illusions he’s going to be a Pro Bowl-level player.