Charlotte -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Efe Obada has signed a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Obada was scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent at the start of the 2019 league year in March.
Obada finished the season with eight tackles and two sacks with six quarterback pressures, playing in 10 games. He also add one interception and three pass deflections.
In his first career game against Cincinnati, Obada recorded a sack, interception, two quarterback hurries and a pass deflection and earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance.
Obada came to America from London in 2015 when he signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad despite only playing organized American football for just five games previously with the London Warriors. He was assigned to the Panthers practice squad in 2017 as a practice squad exemption as part of the Pathway Program.
Last August, Obada became the first player from the NFL International Pathway Program to make an active roster.