The Carolina Panthers have released that they will pick up free agent linebacker David Nixon. The only thing that could get in the way is a failed physical exam, which is scheduled for Friday.
Nixon played his college football at BYU in 2003 and from 2006-08. Over the last three seasons, Nixon has bounced around the NFL. He signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders as a rookie in 2009 and appeared in three games.
The College Station native returned home to Texas in 2010 as a member of the Houston Texans. His stint there did not last long. Despite making a career high 9 tackles in a 35-31 week six win over Kansas City, Nixon was released by the Texans the following week. He had played in three of the first six Texans games and had 10 total tackles. Before the 2010 season ended, Nixon was picked up by the St. Louis Rams for their final four games. He played in one of those four games.
The 2011 season was another tumultuous year. After playing for the Rams in the preseason, he was released, but rejoined the team for the second half of the season. He played in all eight games, made six tackles and forced one fumble.
Nixon’s contributions the last eight games were not enough to satisfy the Rams management, and the 6-foot-3, 225 pounder was a free agent again shortly following the season.
Nixon was invited to participate in the Carolina Panthers three-day rookie camp in May. The tryout has paid off.
In Carolina, Nixon joins former BYU teammate Matt Reynolds. Reynolds played for BYU from 2008-11. The offensive lineman signed a free agent contract with Carolina shortly following April’s NFL draft. The two are united again in the same cause: making the final roster.
The Carolina Panthers had three linebackers finish the 2011 season on injured reserve and can use some depth at linebacker. Eight different players started at linebacker for Carolina at some point during 2011.
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