The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with cornerback Chris Gamble, the team's first-round draft choice (28th overall) from Ohio State, the team announced Friday.
"We are extremely happy that we got this done, and Chris will be in camp on our first day," said Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney. "Getting him in was very important to us."
A 6-1, 181-pound cornerback, Gamble entered the NFL Draft following his junior campaign. He was a versatile two-way performer for the Buckeyes, making 19 starts at cornerback and 14 starts at wide receiver and starting six games at both positions. In three seasons, Gamble totaled seven interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 65 tackles and 18 passes defensed on defense while tallying 40 receptions for 609 yards on offense. He also contributed 24 punt returns for 174 yards and 18 kickoff returns for 384 yards.
Gamble was elected co-MVP by his teammates and earned second-team All-America by The Sporting News at cornerback as a sophomore in 2002 after recording four interceptions and 24 tackles and ranking second on the team with 31 catches for 499 yards while helping the Buckeyes win the National Championship.
Gamble becomes the Panthers final draft pick to agree to terms.