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Panthers sign veteran Drayton Florence

Drayton Florence

Detroit Lions cornerback Drayton Florence (31) is seen on the sidelines during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


While it doesn’t make up for the level of cornerback they lost when they cut Chris Gamble, the Panthers did backfill at the position Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers signed veteran Drayton Florence to a one-year deal.

Florence was with Detroit last year, and has the requisite Chargers experience which so many of their additions under coach Ron Rivera have. Florence was the Chargers’ second-round pick in 2003, and was there one year while Rivera was an assistant, before moving onto stints with the Jaguars, Bills, Broncos and Lions.

With Captain Munnerlyn a free agent, the Panthers had mutliple needs, but Florence gives them a steady hand to go with a lot of young players.