The Carolina Panthers continue to shed veteran defenders.
The Panthers informed safety Tre Boston he will be released, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday, per a source informed of the situation.
Boston had two years remaining on a three-year contract signed last March.
A Panthers fourth-round pick in 2014 out of North Carolina, Boston returned to Carolina in 2019 after spending 2017 with the Chargers and 2018 in Arizona. The 28-year-old started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2020, compiling 95 tackles and one INT.
The safety had a down season by his standards, particularly struggling in coverage on the back end of the Panthers defense. Boston allowed a career-high 69.2 reception percent for 319 yards and three TDs, per Pro Football Focus.
Unless a team swoops in to trade for Boston before his release becomes official, he will hit a free-agent market saturated with veteran safeties.