The Carolina Panthers added some experience to the cornerback position on Thursday by signing veteran Leonard Johnson, according to the team's site. The team also released Shaquille Richardson to create a spot on the 90-man roster for Johnson.
As Bryan Strickland notes in his article, Johnson has experience as a nickelback after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which is something that the Panthers are lacking entering training camp.
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This past season Johnson played for the Patriots and started three of the final four regular season games for them. In his first game with the Patriots he had two passes defended against the Houston Texans and after not starting against the Tennessee Titans, he returned to the starting lineup to face the New York Jets and finished with six tackles.
Johnson will be competing for a roster spot with veteran Robert McClain and the three cornerbacks the Panthers drafted this offseason (James Bradberry, Zack Sanchez, Daryl Worley). He will have a great deal of work to do in the coming weeks to try and catch up with the other cornerbacks on the roster, who have gone through offseason workouts and have more familiarity with this defense.