Just hours after reeling in FS Haruki Nakamura, The Panthers Front Office has come to terms with Free Agent Outside Linbacker Kenny Onatolu. Onatolu is 29 years old, measuring in at 6'2 225 lbs., and has spent the last three years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, primarily functioning as a "Special Teams Ace." Kenny also saw time at Linebacker, filling in for the oft injured EJ Henderson.
This move looks to assuage the lack of depth in the LB Corps, specifically the depth behind Thomas Davis, who will be entering the 2012 Season coming off of his 3rd ACL Tear. With his size and speed, Onatolu will likely serve as the backup to Davis as a Will Linebacker, whilst boosting the play of the Panthers anemic Special Teams. Onatolu has extensive experience playing on the special teams, and his signing, along with the signing of Haruki Nakamura seems to highlight the Front Office's desire to improve the quality of the Special Teams Unit, which was significantly affected by the injury bug last year.
Onatolu's signing also could signal the end of Jordan Senn's time in Charlotte; Kenny fits a similar size and mold as Senn, and like Senn, Onatolu makes his living on the Special Teams along with the provision of depth in the LB Corps.
As a bonus, I was able to scrounge up this highlight video of Kenny Onatolu's NFL Career up to date.
Kenny Onatolu (via taiwo39)