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Panthers Ink Veteran Punter Nick Harris

The Panthers have signed veteran punter Nick Harris.

A longtime member of the Detroit Lions who spent most of last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Harris averaged 37.9 yards on 72 punts over the final 11 games. After re-signing Harris to a one-year deal in March, the Jaguars released the veteran after using a third round pick on California punter Bryan Anger.

During his 170-game career, which began as a fourth round pick of the Denver Broncos and included a three-year stint with the Cincinnati Bengals, Harris has averaged 35.7 yards and placed 239 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line on 876 punts.

The Panthers released veteran Jason Baker earlier this off-season and used a sixth round pick on Wisconsin punter Brad Nortman. Harris is being brought in to provide competition for the draftee.

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