And on the fourth day, Hurney signeth his first free agent, and he saw that it was good.
The Panthers have agreed to terms on a 3-year contract with former Ravens FS Haruki Nakamura, a move that provides the team with more depth at safety and special teams. Nakamura also provides the roster with another awesome name (I mean really, how awesome is Haruki Nakamura?), joining the ranks of Captain Munnerlyn and Kealoha Pilares in the "hey, he has a cool sounding name" department.
The monetary terms of the agreement haven't been released yet, but as soon as those details are brought to light we will report them here at CSR. As for now, if I were Sherrod Martin, I would be worried that my job could definitely be in jeopardy next season, as Nakamura is expected to compete for the starting job. Word on the street is Nakamura would most likely start for many teams, but he was the Ravens' version of our Dan Connor - a good player locked behind a perennial Pro-Bowler (in Nakamura's case: Ed Reed).
Time will tell if this turns out to be a good move or not, but I'm of the belief that we will look back on this signing as one of the biggest value pickups of free agency.
What say ye, Panthers fans? What is your reaction to the signing?
Hat tip to Jake Humphrey for posting a fan shot on the signing.