Panthers sign McCree to 1 year deal

The Panthers signed fee agent Marlon McCree on Thursday to a 1 year deal. <br><br> Signing McCree completes the Panthers overhaul of their secondary, which began last season.

Marlon McCree signed a 1 year contract worth $540,000 base salary and a $100,000 signing bonus. 2005 will be an audition of sorts for McCree to finally find a permanant home in the NFL.

McCree and the Panthers had a mutual interest in one another. For the Panthers, McCree could be the final piece in what could be the best defense in the NFL this season. For McCree, the Panthers would give him a very good chance to start on a very good defense. PantherInsider.com rates McCree as the #1 Safety available in Free Agency at this time.

McCree is a veteran of 4 NFL Seasons, playing his first two with Jacksonville, and the last two with Houston. Once a 5' 11", 198 lb. linebacker at the University of Kentucky, McCree converted to safety when he entered the NFL. He's regarded as a smart player who rarely makes mistakes. Given a chance with the surrounding talent the Panthers already have, McCree could be the Free Safety the Panthers have been lacking for years.

Don't blame them for not getting him sooner, they tried. In 2003, the Jaguars cut McCree and the Panthers placed a claim for him on the waver wire. The Texans also put a claim in for him, and since they had a worse record than the Panthers, they were able to obtain him. The Texans then cut Travares Tillman, who the Panthers then claimed, and kept on their roster for the last two seasons.

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