Panthers add Harris to compete for punting spot

The Panthers have signed punter Nick Harris to compete with

rookie Brad Nortman.

Harris signed a one-year deal.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Harris is an 11-year NFL veteran and

played in 11 games with Jacksonville last season. He averaged 42.7

yards per punt. Since beginning his NFL career with Cincinnati in

2001, Harris has placed 239 of his 876 career punts inside the

20-yard line. He spent seven seasons with Detroit and remains the

Lions’ leader in punts (627) and punting yards (27,073).

Nortman, from Wisconsin, became the first punter drafted by the

Panthers when they selected him in the sixth round in April. They

wanted to sign Harris as an insurance policy.

The Panthers released long-time punter Jason Baker earlier in a

salary cap move.