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UNC Football: Tre Boston Signs with the Carolina Panthers

The former UNC defensive back is back with the home team.

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Tre Boston, North Carolina Tar Heels alum, is back with the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After two seasons out west with the Chargers and Cardinals, Boston has returned to North Carolina to join the Carolina Panthers.

This signing is significant, not only because of the Carolina connection, but the timing of the deal. NFL training camp was already underway and Boston remained a free agent coming off his one-year deal with Arizona.

The Panthers were working with what they had on the roster, but the Charlotte Observer reported that a more seasoned free safety was the better choice for Ron Rivera’s squad.

After being waived by the Panthers in 2017, Boston nabbed five interceptions with the Chargers and had three picks with the Cardinals. He has earned the reputation as a defensive player that can force turnovers, but may need some work on run defense.

Last season, Boston had a UNC connection on the field. He brought in a Mitch (Mitchell) Trubisky tipped pass for an interception in Week 3.

Boston will join fellow Tar Heel Andre Smith on the Panthers. You can keep track of how Tre does for the Panthers this season in Tar Heel Blog’s weekly recap of alumni performances in the NFL.