CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have made an upgrade with their struggling special teams by signing safety Aaron Francisco.
A four-year starter at BYU, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Francisco went undrafted out of college before signing with Arizona in 2005. He served as the Cardinals' special teams captain in 2007 and '08.
Monday's move is a boost for the Panthers, who ranked near the bottom of the league in punt and kickoff coverage last season.
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