Michael Oher Lands Two-Year Contract With Carolina Panthers
Michael Oher will be playing for the Carolina Panthers starting with the 2015 season. He has signed a two-year contract with the team, and will be a much needed addition to the Panthers’ offensive line.
Oher is perhaps the most well-known offensive tackle in the NFL due to his personal story being brought to the big screen in the film The Blind Side. He was struggling to survive, and could barely read until he was given a hand by Leigh Ann Touhy, portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-nominated film.
The addition of Michael Oher to the Carolina Panthers will be at least a short-term solution to their vacancy at the left tackle position, and much needed protection for quarterback Cam Newton.
Michael Oher is a former high school and college teammate of defensive end Greg Hardy, although it is not likely that Hardy will be re-signed once he becomes an unrestricted free agent due to his suspension last season. Both players attended Ole Miss, and Oher was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Carolina Panthers have had much success in recent years as a whole, although they struggled for much of last year, and barely made the playoffs. They lost to the Seattle Seahawks, who eventually lost the Super Bowl in a dramatic fashion.
He played his first five seasons in the league with the Ravens, while playing in eight games during the 2014 season with the Tennessee Titans. He suffered a toe injury 11 games into the season, and was forced to have surgery preventing him from playing the rest of the season.
Michael Oher is 28 years old, and at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he is tough to get through as a defender. Cam Newton has struggled with injuries throughout his career, and has been sacked on numerous occasions, but perhaps with Oher on the offensive line, he will be a bit safer.