Haruki Nakamura DB CAR 12 Months

Panthers released S Haruki Nakamura with an injury settlement.

Carolina placed Nakamura on injured reserve with a concussion Monday. The Panthers are moving forward with Quintin Mikell, Charles Godfrey, and Mike Mitchell as their top three safeties. Nakamura is overmatched as a defensive player.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR 12 Months

Panthers placed S Haruki Nakamura (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Nakamura had been running as the No. 3 safety throughout the preseason. He'll hit free agency next season and is unlikely to land anything more than a minimum deal. The Panthers have upgraded by signing Quintin Mikell.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Jun 21 '13

ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas considers S Haruki Nakamura a likely starter in the Panthers' secondary.

Yikes. Nakamura was perhaps the largest liability in Carolina's 2012 defensive backfield, but the Panthers don't have compelling alternatives. Yasinskas acknowledges Nakamura "should" be a backup; he's best suited to special teams. Expect him to face competition from Mike Mitchell and rookie Robert Lester.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Mar 02 '13

The Panthers reworked S Haruki Nakamura's contract so that he's now only signed through 2013.

The sides ripped up Nakamura's old three-year, $4.8 million deal, and he essentially now has a brand-new one-year, $815,000 contract with $300,000 more available in incentives. He got a $65,000 signing bonus. Nakamura isn't assured of a roster spot, but he now has the contract of a strict special teamer.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Feb 10 '131 Comment

The Panthers could free up nearly $1 million in cap room by cutting S Haruki Nakamura.

Nakamura wasn't terrible in 2012, but his play left a lot to be desired. He was the main culprit in the team's Week 4 last-second loss to the Falcons. Nakamura failed to adjust to two deep passes intended for Roddy White in the game, giving up an early 49-yard touchdown and then a final-minute 59-yard completion when the Falcons were backed up at their own one-yard line. Nakamura finished the 2012 season on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Dec 11 '12

Panthers S Haruki Nakamura is reportedly out for the season after aggravating his groin injury in Week 14.

He's expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly. With Sherrod Martin's (knee) season over and Charles Godfrey battling a back injury, the Panthers finished last week's game with D.J. Campbell and Colin Jones at safety. They will have to sign a street free agent for depth. Nakamura was exposed as a subpar starter in his first year with the Panthers. Look for the team to upgrade the position in 2013.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Oct 03 '12

The Panthers are not benching FS Haruki Nakamura.

Nakamura was the scapegoat for Sunday's loss after getting burned for two touchdowns by Roddy White, but the Panthers' lack of a viable alternative has saved him for at least one more week. A similarly ineffective Sherrod Martin is waiting in the wings if Nakamura falters again in Week 5.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Oct 01 '12

Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated Monday that the team is considering benching FS Haruki Nakamura.

Nakamura has been toasted relentlessly since "beating out" Sherrod Martin in camp. Rivera said Martin would see increased first-team reps in practice this week. Martin played poorly both in coverage and against the run as a starter last season. The Panthers aren't going to fix their mess with either player.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Sep 06 '12

Panthers FS Haruki Nakamura is expected to start over Sherrod Martin in the season opener.

The Panthers threw the position open to competition and Ed Reed's former backup won out. The coaching staff cites Nakamura's play-making ability, communication and postseason pedigree as his greatest assets. Martin was a liability as a 2011 starter, missing too many tackles.

Haruki Nakamura DB CAR Aug 12 '12

Panthers FS Haruki Nakamura started over incumbent Sherrod Martin in Saturday's preseason opener.

The two rotated series and the competition figures to run well into the preseason. Nakamura was signed to a three-year deal in March after spending a majority of the last four seasons as a special teamer in Baltimore.