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.