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Haruki Nakamura presumably got what he wanted, and thus is leaving Baltimore.
The Ravens’ former reserve safety has signed a three-year contract with Carolina, the team confirmed.
Nakamura is the fourth unrestricted free agent to depart Baltimore already this offseason, joining guard Ben Grubbs (New Orleans), outside linebacker Jarret Johnson (San Diego) and defensive end Cory Redding (Indianapolis).
Nakamura will likely have a better chance at becoming a starter as a Panther. Last year, Carolina had Charles Godfrey and Sherrod Martin as their two starting safeties. They ranked 24th in the NFL in pass defense.
The Ravens’ former sixth-round pick (2008) never started a game in his four years in Baltimore, as he was primarily backing up likely future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed.
However, Nakamura was a versatile and valuable backup defensive back (sometimes filling in at safety and other times even at cornerback) and special teams player. He was third on the team last year with nine special teams tackles.