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Cole Hikutini Signs with Michigan Panthers, becomes 5th Tight End on Roster.

The Panthers for the third day in a row have announced another player joining the USFL. Cole Hikutini, who on October 6th was originally reported to be joining the Pittsburgh Maulers, will now be joining the Michigan Panthers offense, to bolster Eric Marty’s #1 rated passing offense.

Hikutini joins the Panthers after spending parts of five NFL seasons with the 49ers, Vikings, Cowboys, and Giants. A veteran of four NFL games (all in 2017), Hikutini has recorded 2 receptions for 15 yards, and has bounced between practice squads since his time with the 49ers. Per Spotrac Hikutini has earned approx. $1,003,035 since coming into the NFL.

Originally undrafted out Louisville, Hikutini bounced around the college ranks before finding a home with Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals. Originally from California, Hikutini spent time at Sacramento State and the City College of San Francisco before becoming the Cardinals 2016 season leader in receptions (50) and Touchdowns (8). Hikutini earned an All-ACC selection (Second Team) before embarking on his NFL career.

The Panthers have been busy this week, signing a total of four players this week, bringing the roster to 59. With each week it appears that more and more players are brought into the league it appears as though the Panthers will be pretty close to the final 2023 roster going into camp. For a league that has a lot of questions and a fan-base grasping for news it is nice to see the Panthers continuing to build our team for the upcoming season.

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