So far this season, the Panthers have really been addressing the needs on special teams, which is great! As you may or may not know, Carolina ranked nearly dead-last in special teams performance in 2009.
On Monday, the Panthers signed free agent Aaron Francisco, a 26-year old safety who has played for the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts in five seasons.
Francisco has played in 63 games with 11 starts, has recorded 66 special teams tackles as well as 109 tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defensed, and a forced fumble on defense.
I look at this as a good move. Even though the Panthers look to be pretty well set in the defensive secondary, Francisco will add depth and experience to the defense. But his abilities on special teams are just what this team needs to help boost what was a weakness in 2009.
To date, Carolina has signed WR Wallace Wright, DB Marcus Hudson, PK Todd Carter, and DT Ed Johnson.
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