Hayden Hurst is heading back to the Carolinas. The former South Carolina tight end signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers Wednesday and will play in Charlotte next season.

Hurst, who has been in the NFL since 2018, will now play for his 4th NFL team (Baltimore, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Carolina). The Panthers’ deal locks him down for 3 years, though details for compensation have not yet been revealed.

Hurst will be a good weapon for Carolina’s next quarterback. They recently traded with the Chicago Bears for the No. 1 overall pick and will take one of CJ Stroud, Bryce Young, Anthony Richardson or Will Levis. Stroud, as of March 15, seems to be the most likely candidate.

What does Hurst bring to the table?

Hurst is coming off his 2nd best season in the NFL in 2022. He totaled 52 receptions for 414 yards and 2 touchdowns in Cincinnati, a strong option for Joe Burrow and company in an offense with Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins as primary pass catchers.

And with DJ Moore gone for the Panthers next season, Hurst’s size and offensive prowess could come in handy.