Carolina Panthers

Panthers work out defensive backs

CHARLOTTE — Tuesday was safety day for the Carolina Panthers, as they worked out four defensive backs.

They work out players weekly, and it’s not always a sign of imminent interest in signing them, but the degree of players they looked at this week indicate more than the usual emergency list updating.

They worked out veteran safeties Lance Schulters and Deke Cooper, along with some younger players.

The 31-year-old Schulters, a nine-year veteran, led Miami with four interceptions last year, but wasn’t resigned. Cooper actually began his career here as an NFL Europe allocation, and won a spot on the 2002 roster.

He spent the next three seasons in Jacksonville, but was signed by the Dolphins this offseason (in hopes he might replace Schulters). The Dolphins let him go in final cuts.

The Panthers were without starter Shaun Williams last week, as he stayed home to get treatment for a foot injury. They promoted Nate Salley from the practice squad to give them the right numbers for last week’s game.

They also worked out former New York Giants and Pittsburgh tight end Matt Kranchick, who was cut by Tampa Bay this year.

Also in for a look were defensive backs Donte Nicholson and Michael Hawkins and offensive linemen Pete McMahon and Rob Droege.

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