The Carolina Panthers made another under-the-radar move in free agency Monday, signing former Washington safety Trenton Robinson to a one-year deal.
Robinson, 26, is expected to be a core special teams player with a chance to compete for time at safety. He started a career-high seven games last season in Washington before landing on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
All three of the Panthers’ free agent signings have been additions to provide depth. Robinson, who spent three years in Washington after one season in San Francisco, joins backup center/guard Gino Gradkowski and defensive tackle Paul Soliai among the newcomers.
Robinson, a Michigan native who played at Michigan State, was a sixth-round pick of the 49ers in 2012. Primarily a special teams player, Robinson (5-9, 195) has played in 38 career games, with eight starts, 88 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
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When the Panthers signed safety Kurt Coleman last offseason, many thought it was a special teams addition. Coleman ended up starting 15 games and finished with a career-high seven interceptions, tied for third most in the NFL.
With the Panthers not expected to re-sign free agent safety Roman Harper, Coleman and Tre Boston are the starters on the current depth chart.