Panthers sign tight end with basketball, Australian experience

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The Panthers are deep enough and talented enough to take a look at projects during training camp.

And their latest one checks off a pair of the unconventional boxes.

The team announced they signed tight end Eric Wallace, waiving wide receiver Kobi Hamilton to clear the roster spot.

Wallace grew up in North Carolina, but played college basketball at Ohio State and DePaul. He hasn’t played America football since he was 14, but he has played three years of Australian Rules football.

He had a minicamp tryout with the Saints, but caught the eye of Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl recently at his private facility.

“I walked into his office and told him I wanted to play for the Carolina Panthers,” Wallace said. “It was a short chuckle at first, and then he was like, ‘Are you serious?’ I was.”

According to the team website, the 6-6, 260-pounder ran a 4.6-second 40 the next day for Proehl, which led to another workout with the team.

That led to a contract offer to go to camp. The Panthers have one of the game’s best in Greg Olsen and adequate depth, so taking a flier on someone with impressive workout numbers seems reasonable when rosters are at 90.