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May 07, 2012

Panthers sign punter Nick Harris

Jacksonville Jaguars punter Nick Harris, left, congratulates kicker Josh Scobee after a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens at EverBank Field on Oct. 24, 2011 in Jacksonville, Fla. Sam Greenwood - Getty Images


After drafting a punter last month, the Panthers added another one Monday.

The Panthers signed veteran punter Nick Harris, who was with Jacksonville last season, to a one-year deal, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Monday night.

Harris, 33, will compete with sixth-round pick Brad Nortman, the former Wisconsin punter.

Harris averaged 42.7 yards on 72 punts last year for the Jags, with 13 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He had recently re-signed with Jacksonville, but was released after the Jags took ex-Cal punter Bryan Anger in the third round.

Harris has averaged 42.5 yards over 11 seasons while punting for three teams.

The Panthers were looking for a punter after releasing Jason Baker in March in a move dictated by the salary cap. Baker, who had been with Carolina since 2005, was due to make $1.55 million this season with a cap figure of nearly $2 million.

Nortman and Anger were the only punters drafted this year.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on May 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM | Permalink


alright,building those special teams .

Posted by: amber | May 8, 2012 12:35:57 AM

I would imagine this is to give Nortman a little bit of oompetition. It would be sad if we wasted a draft pick on a player we aren't going to keep.

Posted by: davethepanther | May 8, 2012 12:46:05 AM

Standard procedure really. The can't just give the job to some rookie punter without making him earn it.

Posted by: Reed | May 8, 2012 1:05:00 AM

A wasted draft pick....college punters are a dime a dozen....unless they are 48.9 ypp guys!
nice marty!

Posted by: deerpeetastegreatless feeling | May 8, 2012 2:26:44 AM

Bryan Anger! What is he so mad at! He just got paid!

Posted by: deerpeetastegreatless feeling | May 8, 2012 2:27:46 AM

Duh, no we have to pay another vet.....stupid marty move

Posted by: davethepanther. | May 8, 2012 2:29:57 AM

If they just play Armanti regularly, they won't need a punter. 1st downs and touchdowns all day long.

Posted by: lee | May 8, 2012 3:52:56 AM

Terrific signing. Harris has been proven to be a solid and consistent punter, who was cut a year ago by the Lions, due to...money. This will bring out the best in the rookie from Wisconsin, as well.

davethepanther...do you even know the name, Nick Harris? Oh, you only pay attention to the Panthers. Well, here's a news flash: it was a smart move and you can't go into training camp with just one punter.

Lee...Armanti is NEVER going to be a NFL player. Jerry Richardson already gave Armanti $1.4 Million.

Posted by: Bill Polian | May 8, 2012 7:32:41 AM

Still need a FG kicker....we cannot endure another season with Mare. He's awful.

Posted by: Original Panther Dan | May 8, 2012 7:33:19 AM

what about a fg kicker to replace mare, who llost 2 games last year for us..get rid of that dude please.

Posted by: pantherlife | May 8, 2012 7:58:03 AM

What are we paying this guy and what is guaranteed?

Posted by: SC Ken | May 8, 2012 8:57:31 AM

I thinnk some of you guys on this site , just have know on football. This was standard procedure, who goes into training camp with one punter. They have to bring in competition for the rookie or just in case he gets hurt.

Posted by: PantherGuy | May 8, 2012 8:58:46 AM

Way to go Marty...YOU SUCK. Get a FG kicker to replace that night-MARE we have now.

Posted by: Pat Daddy | May 8, 2012 10:05:11 AM

None of it's guaranteed slow down you crazy people. Best player in camp and preseason wins the job.

Posted by: Johny | May 8, 2012 10:39:17 AM

OK! did we use a Draft pick or no! All of you guys who think that you have it figured out. We could have brought in 2 kickers with out drafting one, right?
You draft a kicker, when you bring the caliber of Harris, makes no sense!

Posted by: 10-4!! | May 8, 2012 3:03:37 PM

*drafted a kicker and then bring in the caliber of Harris*

Posted by: 10-4!! | May 8, 2012 3:06:00 PM

Another great move by the Great Hurney, way to waste a draft pick on kicker! We should've had a better draft.

Posted by: mikeD | May 8, 2012 4:15:24 PM

i hope these both punters can play defense cornerback or dt because we sure will need it,just like in 2010 and 2011 seasons.you can bet the money on that

Posted by: doa2 | May 8, 2012 4:21:12 PM

I never thought I would say this! Only you can save us Ryan Longwell!

Posted by: joe cool | May 8, 2012 4:24:57 PM

Nortman very well may end up on the practice squad.

Posted by: Phil57 | May 8, 2012 5:35:40 PM

This site has the worst Panther fans. Do any of you Hurney haters even understand how teams are built? How can you say a draft pick sucks before they have even seen one practice? Get a life, and for gods sake please stay on the observer site and off the other ones. I can only tolerate you fair weather morons in small doses.

Posted by: Daniel | May 8, 2012 5:47:41 PM

Bill Polian put a sock in it. I know who Nick Harris is. I never said it was a bad decision and I am quite aware we don't go into TC with only 1 punter. I still believe he was signed to give Nortman some competition, maybe even some advice. Nick Harris's numbers aren't bad because Jacksonville stunk last year and punted all the time. Go SCREW Yourself

Posted by: davethepanther | May 9, 2012 3:11:45 AM

Trade Mare for "Seabass" - Immediately !

Posted by: Sheldon | May 9, 2012 8:43:42 AM

you are a typical fan who says if you don't like every single move or decision that is made than we are haters, well you are an and idiot... that is not how it works, for all of you who have no realistic view on life and including pro sports, you can be a Fan and give a valid opinion and not NOT be a fan. But what you see is negative and not realistic point of view. All of you who wear the "rose colored sunglasses" make people sick(just what you are diluted). Plus you are fan hating aren't you, we are all fans and want the panthers to win.

So STFU!!!!!

Posted by: 10-4!! | May 9, 2012 4:54:32 PM

oh mare!no no no no.

Posted by: mike | May 9, 2012 5:46:28 PM

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