Panthers Sign A Safety

terrenceholt.jpgThe Carolina Panthers have added to their free agent acquisitions today by adding free agent safety Terrence Holt.  Keeping with team practices, details of the contract were not released.  (Charlotte Observer)

Holt (6-2, 208 pounds) started all 16 games at free safety for the Arizona Cardinals last season and led their defensive backs with 75 tackles. However, it was missed tackles and missed interception opportunities that caused him to fall out of favor with the Cardinals, who released him Feb. 21.

    His play didn’t match what the Cardinals expected when they signed him last year to a five-year, $15 million contract. They actually paid him $4 million — a $2 million base salary and a $2 million roster bonus. They cut him before owing him another $1.5 million roster bonus on March 13.

    Holt, 28, will try to revive his career less than two hours from his home in Gibsonville. He was a second-team All-American at N.C. State as a senior in 2002 and was picked by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2003 draft  He’s the brother of Rams receiver Torry Holt.

   “Terrence is a very smart, talented player who brings experience to our safety position,” said Carolina general manager Marty Hurney. “We’ve liked him since he came out of college and feel very fortunate to add him to our roster.”

   Based on the players on the Panthers’ roster, he’s probably penciled in as the first-team free safety. However, the team may also look at other options at the position.

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  • Sherman

    What do you all think about this signing. I like it although I dont know much about him.

  • kfields

    he was the leading tackeler on the pos Cardinals defense and he is a 5 year vet im sure he will fit in fine.

  • adam

    im not buying this pick too much. he hasnt proven himself enough, in my opinion, for him to make a huge impact. i like the fact he lead the cards in tackles, but hey, its the cards. not only that THE CARDS released him, obviously for a reason.

  • Mike Houston

    Not only did the Cards release him, but so did the Lions. He’s an alright player. He hasn’t had a great season since N.C. State, but he was beside Al Wilson there. We’ll have to wait and see

  • kfields

    The guy has had a few seasons with a couple of interceptions and always done pretty well with tackeling usually leading his team his main problems is dropping to many interceptions but i mean atleast the other team didnt catch it plus with Chris Harris leveling the guys out there he gives him more of a shot to shine…. and no offense to the other teams but our defense is a hell of a lot better then the lions and cards put together… like i said players play better when around better players… lets just wait and see this year how he does.

  • Walker

    I think they released him in a Salary Cap move. They owed him like 5 million or something.

  • Mike Houston

    He’s only been the leading tackler for one season. Boss Bailey, Kenoy Kennedy, and Ernie Sims were the leading tacklers when he was in Detroit. He also was coming off of the bench his last two years in Detroit

  • kfields

    the kid is good thats the point he isnt the best but he has put up good stats almost every year.

  • Mike Houston

    I’ve went back and check the stats, Karlos Dansby was the leading tackler for the Cardinals. Holt is a backup, special teamer, mediocre player with mediocre stats. Chris Harris, Adrian Wilson, and Kenoy Kennedy put up good stats. Holt will now go into a rotation of himself, Deke Cooper, and Nate Salley. The Panthers would be better off putting Lucas at free safety, and starting Gamble and Marshall at corner.