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Panthers Pick Up S Reggie Smith

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Adam Caplan@caplannfl

Panthers announced they signed S Reggie Smith, formerly of the 49ers.

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Former 49er. Per Daring Gannt.

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Panthers announced they signed S Reggie Smith, formerly of the 49ers.

per Adam Caplan on twitter

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Via Panthers.com

CHARLOTTE - Reggie Smithicon-article-link.gif, a defensive back the past four seasons for the San Francisco 49ers, has signed with the Panthers as an unrestricted free agent.

A third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2008, Smith played in both of the 49ers' playoff games last season, breaking up a pass in a pivotal spot during their NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.

During the regular season he played in all 16 games in a reserve role, recording 16 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed. The interception sealed a 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

"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 Panthers 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."

Smith played safety for the 49ers the last three seasons after playing cornerback as a rookie. He has contributed on special teams throughout his NFL career, with 29 special teams tackles in 44 games.

He started the final seven games of the 2010 season at strong safety – the only time he's started in his NFL career – and recorded 37 tackles with an interception and four passes defensed.

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Panthers announced they signed S Reggie Smith, formerly of the 49ers.

Per Twitter.

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http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/11309/reggie-smith

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Good pickup. I wanted us to pick him up since free agency started. He can play corner and safety. Probably will play him at safety here. He will compete for playing time and is another special teams beast.

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Wow, 4 threads in 2 minutes... I'll go with this one.

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