In one of the most recognizable SEC connections of the 2015 NFL season, former Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher breathed life into his sputtering NFL career by successfully protecting former Auburn QB Cam Newton on the way to a Super Bowl appearance with the Carolina Panthers.
On Friday, the Panthers rewarded Oher’s hard work with a brand new contract.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 30-year-old was signed to a three-year extension worth $21.6 million.
Panthers' OT Michael Oher signed a 3-year contract extension worth $21.6M in new money, averaging $7.2M with $9.5M guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 17, 2016
The contract could keep Oher in Carolina through the 2019 season.
Oher, whose personal story was the inspiration for the 2009 film “The Blind Side,” started all 16 regular season games as a first-year member of the Panthers offensive line. He also started all three postseason games of the Panthers run to an NFC championship and an appearance in Super Bowl 50. He arrived in Carolina after being cut by the Tennessee Titans following the 2014 season.
The former first-round pick spent his first five seasons in the league with the Baltimore Ravens. He was a member of the 2013 Ravens team that won the Super Bowl.