The Carolina Panthers announced Wednesday that the team has signed safety Reggie Smith.
Smith, 6-1 and 200 pounds, played in all 16 regular season games and both playoff games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011. He recorded 16 tackles and one interception during the regular season. Smith also contributed on special teams, tallying six special teams tackles during the regular season and two during the postseason.
“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,” said general manager Marty Hurney. “We brought him in for a visit Tuesday and it worked out. He is another player we’ve added to increase the competition.”
Smith spent four seasons with the 49ers after being selected by the team in the third round (75th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. His best season came in 2010 when he started seven games and produced 37 tackles and one interception on defense and added 14 tackles on special teams.
Smith has played in 44 career regular season games with seven starts. He has career totals of 54 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defensed.