Tahir Whitehead
Tahir Whitehead
30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
On the back of four straight 100-tackle seasons, Whitehead signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason. Although Carolina recently inked fellow linebacker Shaq Thompson to a lucrative extension, Whitehead's addition comes in the wake of long-time superstar Luke Kuechly's sudden retirement, which left a big hole to fill in the middle of the team's defense. At 30 years old, Whitehead boasts a bevy of experience to try and help on that front, and his recent track record suggests he's a strong bet to flirt with triple-digit stops. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Panthers in March of 2020.
Signing with Panthers
LBCarolina Panthers
March 23, 2020
Whitehead is signing a one-year contract with the Panthers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Released by Oakland a couple weeks ago, Whitehead seems to have found the best possible scenario in terms of earning snaps. With Luke Kuechy retiring this offseason and the Panthers in the midst of a rebuild, the depth chart looks weak at a number of positions, including inside linebacker. Shaq Thompson has one starting job locked down, but Whitehead can compete with Jermaine Carter and/or Andre Smith for the other.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Tahir Whitehead's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
241 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.37 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.14 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Raiders continued to address defensive needs when they went out and signed a versatile stud at linebacker this offseason in Whitehead, who has amassed 242 total tackles with the Lions since the beginning of his 2016 campaign. Now entering his seventh year in the league, Whitehead is in the midst of his prime as he projects to start at outside linebacker for the silver and black across from pass rusher Bruce Irvin. If for some reason the Raiders are unable to re-sign starting middle linebacker NaVorro Bowman, Whitehead could be in line for even more opportunities to rack up tackles in 2018.
Whitehead posted strong part-time production for the Lions in 2014 and 2015, and last year he showed the ability to translate as a full-time player. Despite missing one game with a knee issue, Whitehead established himself as one of the league's top tackle sources. Although the arrival of first-round pick Jarrad Davis might move Whitehead from middle to outside linebacker, Whitehead likely still has a threedown role awaiting him again in 2017. He is a bit one-dimensional as an IDP, though -- he has just two sacks and three interceptions in his five-year career.
The Lions showed their faith in Whitehead by inking him to a two-year, $8 million extension in the offseason. Indications are that he has the inside track on becoming the club's primary option at the MLB position, which would give him some value as an IDP.
in admirably for Stephen Tulloch in the middle of Detroit's defense in 2014, Whitehead will slide over to the strong side in 2015, ahead of 2014 second-round pick Kyle Van Noy. Whitehead ranked second on the team in tackles in 2014 with 86.
Whitehead will be a backup linebacker and special teams player for the Lions.
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Cut loose by Raiders
LBFree Agent
March 9, 2020
Whitehead was released by the Raiders on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Surpasses 100 tackles again in 2019
LBOakland Raiders
January 6, 2020
Whitehead notched five tackles (all solo) in the Raiders' season-ending loss to the Broncos. He finishes the 2019 season with a team-high 108 tackles (79 solo) and one pass defensed.
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Racks up 11 tackles in loss
LBOakland Raiders
December 10, 2019
Whitehead tallied 11 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans.
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Stacks up 14 stops
LBOakland Raiders
November 7, 2019
Whitehead tallied 14 tackles (eight solo) in Thursday's 26-24 win over the Chargers.
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Piles up 11 stops
LBOakland Raiders
October 29, 2019
Whitehead tallied 11 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Texans.
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