The Panthers have signed free agent safety Haruki Nakamura to a three-year contract. Carolina general manager Marty Hurney announced the deal Friday but did not release financial terms of the contract. Nakamura could compete for Carolina's starting free safety job. Sherrod Martin struggled last season with tackling at the position.|||||||
The 25-year-old Nakamura has spent four seasons backing up Ed Reed in Baltimore. He's played in 52 games but never started on defense. He has 47 career tackles, one forced fumble and no interceptions. Hurney says Nakamura "is a very talented young safety and has played in a lot of different spots on defense with the Ravens." The GM says he is "very smart" and is an "excellent special teams player and will help us at safety."
The Ravens will be without Nakamura on Sunday against the Jets.|||||||
He hurt his knee in last week's game against St. Louis.
Nakamura is on IR with a broken ankle.|||||||
He was important on special teams but didn't start.
Nakamura left the Ravens' game with a broken ankle Monday.|||||||
The injury likely will keep him out the rest of the season. He's important on special teams but doesn't start.