Panthers sign former Australian Rules Football player

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) " The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end Eric Wallace, a former college basketball and Australian football player who played the NFL version of football at age 14.

The team announced Monday that the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Wallace signed a three-year undrafted rookie contract worth the league minimum.

The Winston-Salem native played one year of basketball at Ohio State and three years at DePaul. While looking into basketball options overseas, he was approached about playing Australian Rules Football. He spent three seasons playing in Australia.

Earlier this month, Wallace approached Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl at the team's training facility. After running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, the Panthers signed him.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Panthers waived wide receiver Kobi Hamilton.

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