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March 20, 2008

Panthers sign S Terrence Holt

0320holt_3   The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent safety Terrence Holt, a former N.C. State standout who becomes a leading candidate to start at free safety.

    Contract details weren't available.

    Holt (6-2, 208 pounds) started all 16 games at free safety for the Arizona Cardinals last season and led their defensive backs with 75 tackles. However, it was missed tackles and missed interception opportunities that caused him to fall out of favor with the Cardinals, who released him Feb. 21.

    His play didn't match what the Cardinals expected when they signed him last year to a five-year, $15 million contract. They actually paid him $4 million -- a $2 million base salary and a $2 million roster bonus. They cut him before owing him another $1.5 million roster bonus on March 13.

    Holt, 28, will try to revive his career less than two hours from his home in Gibsonville. He was a second-team All-American at N.C. State as a senior in 2002 and was picked by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2003 draft  He's the brother of Rams receiver Torry Holt.

   "Terrence is a very smart, talented player who brings experience to our safety position," said Carolina general manager Marty Hurney. "We've liked him since he came out of college and feel very fortunate to add him to our roster."

   Based on the players on the Panthers' roster, he's probably penciled in as the first-team free safety. However, the team may also look at other options at the position.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 20, 2008 at 02:26 PM | Permalink


Hot digity!

Posted by: Purr Durham | Mar 20, 2008 2:32:46 PM

he is the worst player i have ever seen, be warned he will not make the roster, why? he stinks.

Posted by: Radicaldad | Mar 20, 2008 2:34:49 PM

Two slow safeties that can't play the pass. Why is Hurney so unwilling to spend a high pick on a safety?

Posted by: Steven | Mar 20, 2008 2:35:44 PM

The panthers are making some really impressive moves. I love how things are panning out. We are getting alot of experience, depth, and talent all across the board that is going to help this team make it back to the playoffs and setting ourselves up to be good for the long haul and not just one year wonders. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Cheerman23 | Mar 20, 2008 2:37:36 PM

This is a GREAT signing! He and Nate Salley can battle out the Free Safety position in training camp. All of our focus in the draft can now be spent on the O-line and D-line. Kudos to Fox and Hurney for not over paying for free agents this year. The talent pool this FA was low and the players ranked highest at their positions are getting top end money for average play on the field. Fox and Hurney deserve a pat on the back. Keep it up fellas!

Posted by: Jake | Mar 20, 2008 2:42:54 PM

Now stop crying about free safety.

Posted by: Brainiac | Mar 20, 2008 2:49:34 PM

Sounds like a good signing, but I refuse to give Fox and Hurney a "pat on the back" until I see that the product on the field is significantly better than the last 2 years...they have a lot more work left to do.

Posted by: Haywood Jablowmi | Mar 20, 2008 2:52:31 PM

holt is a bum, they need to draft the saftey from n.c. state, morgan, holt should be a back up, he always got beat in arizona this adds depth but i hope he's not the starter

Posted by: james | Mar 20, 2008 3:05:31 PM

Wouldn't be better to hope he is the starter, just hope he's a great one! See? Isn't that better?

Posted by: JayJ6 | Mar 20, 2008 3:09:34 PM

Why not? He's not the coverage safety we need to start opposite Harris, but should be a good backup for him and a strong special teams players. If the terms are reasonable, this could be another smart, calculated signing. I do hope, though, that they aren't really counting on him as the starting FS this year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 20, 2008 3:18:20 PM

This is a good signing but I wonder why Arizona released him after just 1 year on a 5 year deal... Maybe he just didn't play like they expected him to but I have seen the guy play and he is deffinatly an upgrade over Deke Cooper but I still want to see what Nate Salley can do as a starter and when 100% healthy. This has been a pretty good offseason so far but I just hope Fox and Hurney don't screw up in the draft like they have done many times before...

Posted by: BigE | Mar 20, 2008 3:38:59 PM

He was known at NC State for numerous punt and field goal blocks.

Posted by: denis | Mar 20, 2008 3:45:03 PM

The best picture you guys could find of him was missing a tackle on DeAngelo? Haha, that doesn't inspire much confidence.

Posted by: yossarianc | Mar 20, 2008 3:47:19 PM

Thrilled by the signing. Takes care of a need and allows to focus on OL and DL in the draft. The Panthers have Teal at FS, whom they appeared to like last year. If Teal becomes all that, Holt can play backup or get cut. Otherwise Holt can man the spot till Teal is ready.

Regardless its an upgrade over last season. Thats three spots WR,LB, and S that the Panthers are better. Now they need to improve OL and DL.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 20, 2008 3:57:21 PM

Anyway for Terrence to convince his brother to join him in Charlotte? LOL Tory was not happy in St. Louis last year.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 20, 2008 3:59:56 PM

im thinkn this is strictly for backup reasons as well. id be really surprised if they dont draft a true FS this year and disappointed. but yet a cheap player who can also add to speacial teams. anyone truely know where the team lyes with putting Lucas at FS...its a thought but even better might be Wesley what yall think?

Posted by: randy | Mar 20, 2008 4:14:56 PM

Just curious...who would you rather see get drafted Otah or Harvey? if cladys gone of course. I still say trading down might be another viable option to get more picks. Im crossing my fingers (but not holding my breath) that Jarrett will pan out. Kalil will be AWESOME!! I dont even question that move, he was a zone blocking freek at USC. Would anyone trade trade Peppers to move up and get Gholston? Just a thought...it seems Oakland likes NFC south players.

Posted by: randy | Mar 20, 2008 4:25:19 PM



Posted by: jason | Mar 20, 2008 4:25:29 PM

Terrence isn't a superstar safety but he's a solid player. I'll take a solid player with a few years of NFL experience anyday as my starter over a rookie who has never played in the NFL. I've been pretty pleased with the last 3 signing by the Panthers including Holt. Hopefully it will translate into more wins on the field.

Posted by: James | Mar 20, 2008 4:29:30 PM


If Clady is gone I hope they go for Chris Williams at OT he's a very propsect also. If both are gone, I would try and trade down.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 20, 2008 4:30:32 PM


im with u there im just not impressed with Otah one bit stands too tall for pass protection in this league. Although, we gota kind of make sure we dont trade out of a need at the same time. only time will tell. anyone eyeing any specific safety in the draft? I think that guy from ASU would be a nice grab say third round or so...i cant remember his name...

Posted by: randy | Mar 20, 2008 4:36:54 PM

It is good to see the safety position with some depth. Hopefully this is only partially the answer to fill the hole at free saftey. The draft should leave us DaJuan Morgan in the 2nd round. Go Panthers!

Posted by: jscalhoun | Mar 20, 2008 4:45:10 PM

Supposedly the Cardinals have faith that their young back up can perform at the same level for way less than 3 mil a year. He was their leading tackler but did also miss a lot of int opportunities according to some sources. I never watched the guy in the pros. I went to Carolina though and saw him play at State so I remember him being a beast there not the fastest in flat out speed but was quick and could hit.

Posted by: JayJ6 | Mar 20, 2008 4:45:42 PM

I agree, I wouldn't want to trade down to far. I don't think anyone (per reports) is really targeting a safety. Except reports that Phillips of Miami will likely go late first.

I think the guy from ASU is Corey Lynch he is pretty good, and might actually be around in fourth round or lower.

Posted by: jbw | Mar 20, 2008 4:46:42 PM

Excellent pickup. Welcome home, Terrence.

Posted by: JamesReed | Mar 20, 2008 4:58:47 PM

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