The Panthers decided to shore up their secondary depth, as Ian Rapoport for NFL Network reports the signing Stevie Brown just days after passing the veteran safety over earlier in the week. Brown last played for the Giants in 2014. He also spent the training camp with the Chiefs this summer, but was released last week.
Carolina is set at safety as far as their starters are concerned. Kurt Coleman surprised with a career high seven interceptions last season, while the club is hopeful for 2014 fourth-round draft pick Tre Boston to step up and fill out the other half of that tandem. Should Boston falter though, Brown might be able to pick up the slack.
Brown has started 20 games in the NFL, 19 of those with the Giants. The 29-year-old actually had a very strong campaign in 2012, racking up eight interceptions in his first rull-time role. Unfortunately, he sustained a torn ACL and missed the following season, and wasn’t as effective upon returning.
Based on how Brown has been bouncing around the league since, it seems injury derailed what briefly looked like a promising career. However, the Panthers aren’t necessarily counting on Brown to start, only keep the likes of Dean Marlowe and Colin Jones off the field.
Then again, there’s no guarantee Brown is better than those players either. The only thing we know for sure is the Panthers weren’t entirely comfortable with who they had and decided it was worth taking a look around.