Panthers send 5th-rounder to Chiefs for DT Tyler
The deal, coming a day before the NFL trade deadline, gives the
It’s a homecoming for the 6-foot-2, 306-pound Tyler, who grew up in Fayetteville, N.C., and played at North Carolina State. He was taken by the
But Tyler started only two of six games this season – he was replaced by
“Tank is a young defensive tackle who we think will fit in well with us,” said general manager Marty Hurney, who scouted Tyler in the preseason. “He has good size and athletic ability.”
The trade also leaves Carolina (2-3) without yet another draft pick next spring. San Francisco owns its first-round choice after a draft-day deal in April, and the
“The players we got with those picks are young players,” Hurney said. “We feel like they are guys who can hopefully fit in and are here for a while.”
Leonard was expected to fill in for Kemoeatu, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon on the first practice of training camp But Leonard broke his ankle in Week 2 and was lost for the season.
Hurney said Tyler could play both defensive tackle positions in Carolina’s 4-3 defense.