Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The Carolina Panthers make add another new addition to their backfield with the signing of San Francisco 49ers Safety Reggie Smith.

The 2008 third Round Draft pick out of Oklahoma compiled 16 tackles and 1 interception in the regular season in 2011.

Smith’s best season came in 2010 when he started seven games and produced 37 tackles and one interception on defense and added 14 tackles on special teams. He played in 44 career regular season games with seven starts.

“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,” Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said. “We brought him in for a visit Tuesday and it worked out. He is another player we’ve added to increase the competition.”

This is yet another change in the Panther’s Secondary made in the recent past. The others include signing free agent safety Haruki Nakamura from the Baltimore Ravens and signing Charles Godfrey to a 5-year contract extension.

The Panthers (who ranked 24th in passing defense in 2011) are looking to create some competition for Sherrod Martin who struggled badly last year with tackling, which couldn’t set well with Head Coach Ron Rivera who emphasizes on having players that can tackle well. Carolina hopes to provide a defense that can help the Rookie sensation Cam Newton who shattered Rookie and non-rookie records in 2011.

Smith has career totals of 54 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed and will provide a spark to the Panther’s secondary.

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