August 31, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have signed free agent safety Stevie Brown to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal were not released Wednesday.

Brown, a veteran of five NFL seasons, is expected to backup starters Kurt Coleman and Tre Boston while top reserve Dean Marlowe continues to recover from a hamstring issue.

Brown has played in 55 career games, starting 20. His best season came in 2012 with the New York Giants when he started 11 games and had 66 tackles and eight interceptions for an NFL-leading 307 yards returned. He also broke up 11 passes that season and forced two fumbles.

Brown was a seventh round pick by the Raiders in 2010.

He previously was with Carolina for four days leading up to the 2011 regular season before being cut.

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