Free Agency

Carolina Panthers sign DB Reggie Smith – Charlotte Observer.com

Inside the Panthers: Carolina Panthers sign DB Reggie Smith.

The Panthers have signed free agent safety Reggie Smith.

Smith played the last four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft out of Oklahoma. Smith (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) also played on San Francisco’s special teams, which has been an area of concern for Carolina.

“Reggie has been on our radar since the beginning of free agency and is a player we think can come in and compete at safety,” said Carolina general manager Marty Hurney in a statement. “We brought him in for a visit Tuesday and it worked out. He is another player we’ve added to increase the competition.”

Smith played in all 18 games for San Francisco last season (including two playoff games) and had 16 tackles and one interception in the regular season. Smith had six special teams tackles in the regular season and two in the playoffs.

Smith played 44 games for the 49ers and had seven starts, with 54 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended. — David Scott

 

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Trades

NFL Rumors: Carolina Panthers Should Wise Up and Deal RB Jonathan Stewart | Bleacher Report

NFL Rumors: Carolina Panthers Should Wise Up and Deal RB Jonathan Stewart | Bleacher Report.

The Carolina Panthers have immense depth at running back right now, which is why they need to move Jonathan Stewart, their best trade piece.

After signing Mike Tolbert in free agency, Carolina’s backfield became very deep. The Panthers traded Mike Goodson away, but the rumors continued to swirl around Stewart.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Panthers GM Marty Hurney, “reiterated the team is not shopping Stewart.”

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Draft

Michael Floyd Visited With the Panthers – Cat Scratch Reader

Michael Floyd Visited With the Panthers – Cat Scratch Reader.

According to sources the Carolina Panthers have visited yet another WR with Michael Floyd of Notre Dame being the latest pass catcher the organization have scrutinized.

Floyd joins Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright as the 3rd WR the Panthers have had visit, as they have now spent three of their 30 allotted visits on the receiver position. While that may seem like a drop in the bucket those thirty visits are spread across all prospects so investing a high portion of them in receivers who could be available at #9 is telling.

My personal opinion is that the Panthers are spending a lot of time seeing if one of these is worth a top ten selection. The organization have never been ones to spend high draft picks on receivers, so taking one would be a sea-change. They would need to be fairly certain they were getting an elite talent to invest that heavily in a receiver. Furthermore, I think this could point to the team not looking at a mid-round WR unless he has KR/PR skills. This makes sense because it’s unlikely they would find upgrades over LaFell and Gettis from the 3rd round on.

When it’s all said and done I have faith in the front office and the process. While I’ll openly admit I think we have bigger fish to fry, if we end up taking Blackmon, Wright or Floyd I’ll be immensely excited because it means the organization feel they have a young receiver to accept the mantle from Steve Smith, and getting Cam a long-term target isn’t a bad thing

Trades

Goodson didn’t get the chances he thought he deserved in Carolina | ProFootballTalk

Goodson didn’t get the chances he thought he deserved in Carolina | ProFootballTalk.

After he was traded from the Panthers to the Raiders last week, running back Mike Goodson said he’s hoping to get something in Oakland this year that he doesn’t feel like he got in Carolina last year: A fair chance to contribute to the offense.

Goodson told Steve Reed of the Associated Press that after being a regular contributor to the Panthers’ offense in 2010, with 762 yards from scrimmage, he was disappointed when new head coach Ron Rivera and his staff came in last year and barely gave him any opportunities at all. Goodson never carried the ball in 2011 and caught one pass for four yards.

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Free Agency

Free agency helping Carolina Panthers fill needs | CharlotteObserver.com

Free agency helping Carolina Panthers fill needs | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

The Carolina Panthers made a big splash last summer when the NFL lockout ended. They signed their star players to big contracts at a dizzying rate and traded for tight end Greg Olsen to give their rookie quarterback a security-blanket target it turned out he didn’t need.

Free agency this year hasn’t been about big splashes; it has been about filling needs.

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