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