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Panthers sign S Mike Adams, WRs Russell Shepard and Charles Johnson

Posted March 10

— The Carolina Panthers added two players to fill pressing offseason needs on Friday – former All-Pro veteran safety Mike Adams and wide receivers Russell Shepard and Charles Johnson.

Shepard inked a three-year deal, Adams agreed to a two-year contract and Johnson signed with Carolina for one-year.

Adams, 35, joins the Panthers after spending three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He was named to the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons in Indianapolis.

The 13-year veteran safety was signed by San Francisco as an undrafted rookie free agent 2012, where he spent three seasons.

Adams has also made stops in Cleveland (2007-2011) and Denver (2012-2013) before signing with Indianapolis.

The University of Delaware alumnus has totaled 737 tackle, 74 passes defended, 25 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles and six sacks 190 career games.

Shepard, 26, joins Carolina after spending four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The fifth-year receiver and special teams contributor appeared in all 16 games last season with four starts. Shepard set career highs of 23 catches, 341 receiving yards and two touchdowns, and he also tallied one rush for nine yards.

Shepard was a special teams captain for the Bucs in 2015 and 2016. He garnered 31 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on Tampa Bay’s special teams unit.

The Louisiana State alumnus signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent but was waived prior to the start of the season and later claimed by Tampa Bay.

Shepard has appeared in 57 games with six starts in four NFL seasons and has tallied 30 receptions for 432 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson, 28, spent the last three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He tallied 60 receptions for 834 yards and two scores with Minnesota.

The Grand Valley State alumnus was drafted No. 216 overall in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Johnson spent time on the Vikings and Cleveland Browns' practice squads but never suited up for either team before joining Minnesota.

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