In May, the Chargers signed former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston to a one-year contract. Boston spent his first three NFL seasons (2014-16) with Carolina after the Panthers drafted him in the fourth round in 2014 out of North Carolina. In three seasons with the Panthers, he played in 42 games with 16 starts, recording 85 tackles, three interceptions – including two in 2016 – 10 passes defended and a pair of sacks.
Boston has also played in five postseason games (two starts) during his career. He helped lead Carolina to an appearance in Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 NFL season, recording a sack and an interception along the way. Boston also had a pick for the Panthers during the 2014 NFL Playoffs.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick by Carolina (128th overall), May 10, 2014...signed May 20...released May 2, 2017...signed one-year contract with Chargers, May 15.
2016: Played in 15 games with a career-high 10 starts at safety...tallied career highs with 50 tackles, two sacks, five passes defensed and two interceptions…contributed to a defense that ranked second in the NFL with 47 sacks and tied for fourth with 17 interceptions…placed on injured reserve before the regular season finale Dec. 27 with a knee injury… Notched first career sack at Denver Sept. 8, bringing down Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter…Recorded second career sack vs. Tampa Bay Oct. 10, dropping Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter…Tallied first interception of the season vs. Kansas City Nov. 13, picking off Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and returning the ball 22 yards…Intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the second quarter at Seattle Dec. 4.
2015: Played in all 16 games with one start…posted 19 tackles and one pass defensed…contributed to unit that ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense for the fourth consecutive season…unit joins Seattle as the only two teams to field a top-10 defense in each of the last four seasons…Played free safety in NFC Divisional Playoff versus Seattle Jan. 17, NFC Championship versus Arizona Jan. 24 and Super Bowl 50 versus Denver…recorded four tackles, one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed…Started at free safety vs. Tampa Bay Jan. 3 and recorded season-high five tackles…Sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a loss of eight yards in NFC Divisional Playoff vs. Seattle Jan. 17…Recovered a fumble forced by Charles Johnson in NFC Championship vs. Arizona Jan. 24…part of defense that forced seven turnovers, most by any team in a playoff game since Green Bay had eight in 2001 NFC Divisional Playoff at St. Louis Jan. 20, 2002.
2014: Selected in the fourth round (128th overall) of the NFL Draft by Carolina...played in 11 games with five starts at free safety after being inactive for the first five games...posted 24 tackles, one interception and two passes defensed...contributed to unit that ranked 10th in the NFL in total defense...notched two special teams tackles...started in place of an injured Thomas DeCoud versus New Orleans Oct. 30 before opening the last four games... Started at free safety in NFC Wild Card versus Arizona Jan. 3 and NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle Jan. 10...recorded three tackles and one interception... Made first NFL start vs. New Orleans Oct. 30 and responded with five tackles...Gathered a team-leading and career-high nine tackles vs. Tampa Bay Dec. 14...Joined wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, cornerback Bené Benwikere, wide receiver Philly Brown, linebacker Adarius Glanton, guard Andrew Norwell and guard Trai Turner as one of a team-record seven rookie starters vs. Cleveland Dec. 21...Victimized Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for first career interception and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown at Atlanta Dec. 28...marked the fourth-longest interception return in team history and third-longest interception return for a touchdown...along with safety Roman Harper’s 31-yard pick six, represented the first time in franchise history the Panthers had two defensive returns for touchdowns in the same game...Secured victory in NFC Wild Card vs. Arizona Jan. 3 with interception of Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley in the end zone with 1:54 left in the game...part of defense that set an NFL record for the fewest yards allowed in a postseason game with 78.
COLLEGE: Played in 48 games with 40 starts at North Carolina...versatile and energetic playmaker made 31 starts at safety and nine at cornerback... led or tied for the team lead in interceptions three times and twice paced the team in tackles...finished career third in school history with 13 interceptions... tallied 282 tackles, 33 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries...Second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior...started 13 games at safety...ranked first on the Tar Heels with 94 tackles, five interceptions and 13 passes defensed...All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention in 2012 as a junior...started 12 games at safety...compiled a team-leading 86 tackles...key member of defense that tied for the conference lead with 16 interceptions...shared the team lead with four interceptions to go along with 10 passes defensed, which tied for second on the team... returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown against Virginia...Played in 13 games with 11 starts as a sophomore in 2011...started the last six games at safety after opening the first five at cornerback...tied for the team lead with three interceptions...posted 70 tackles, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...As a freshman in 2010, played in 10 games with four starts at cornerback... registered 32 tackles, one interception, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles...Played at North Carolina from 2010-13.
PERSONAL: Attended North Fort Myers (Fla.) High... majored in communication studies at North Carolina.