Despite reportedly agreeing to a three-year extension at LSU, award-winning assistant Joe Brady will join the Carolina Panthers as their offensive coordinator, a source told The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue.
At age 30, Brady will be the youngest offensive coordinator in the NFL, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Brady received the 2019 Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in college football. In his one year at LSU, Brady helped turn Joe Burrow into a Heisman Trophy winner and the Tigers' offense into one of the country's best. He held the titles of passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at LSU but did not call plays.
The Panthers were heavily rumored to be targeting Brady as the top offensive lieutenant for new head coach Matt Rhule, who also came from the college ranks. Rhule took the Panthers' head coaching job after three seasons at Baylor.
Carolina will mark Brady's second coaching stint in the NFL. He served as an offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints from 2017-18 before leaving for the elevated role at LSU.
Brady began his coaching career at his alma mater, William & Mary, in 2013 after concluding his playing days. The former receiver was working as a graduate assistant at Penn State as recently as the 2016 season.