Panthers GM: "We are very excited about Ben Boulware"

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General manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera met with the media after the NFL Draft on Saturday and you couldn't help but to notice their smiles when talking about signing former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware as a free agent.

“He’s instinctive. He’s tough. He will tag your fanny,” Gettleman said. “He’s smart. He’s all the stuff we’re looking for. It's true we got him, and we are very excited about it.”

Rivera said it was great to sign Boulware because it is hard to get linebackers to come to Carolina after they look at the roster.

"We are very excited about it (signing Boulware). Dave talks about it. One of the things the hard things for us is to find linebackers that want to come here and compete because you look at our roster, and it is a solid group of linebackers.

Last season Boulware was named Jack Lambert Award as nation’s top linebacker and second-team All-American by AFCA, Football Writers Association, Phil Steele, USA Today and Walter Camp. Rivera said he doesn't know why Boulware was available as a free agent.

“Here’s a young man that’s in our backyard that went undrafted – I’m not quite sure why,” Rivera said. “He’s been very successful in his career and played on a very successful team and helped lead them to a national championship. He’s a winner. I’m excited about getting him here and having him be a part of our rookie program. I want to watch him compete because he has done some really good things.”

Boulware seems up for the challenge to compete in Carolina which was his childhood favorite team. He tweeted shortly after he went undrafted that he was "in the business of proving people wrong."

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