RaShon “Sonny” Harris Signed by Panthers
The Carolina Panthers signed DT, Rashon "Sonny" Harris to their 53 man roster. Harris was a pleasant surprise during training camp and preseason games. He showed good push, adequate technique and the ability to take on multiple blockers. Based on earlier reports, Harris was expected to replace the much older (and expensive) Travis Kirsche on a very veteran defensive line. The Pittsburgh Steelers are in desperate need of getting younger up front with only Nick Eason (29) and 1st round rookie, Ziggy Hood under 30 years old.
The 6-4, 300 pound rookie defensive lineman from Oregon had the frame to pack on a few more pounds and potentially move to nose tackle in the Steelers 3-4 defensive front. With Casey Hampton unsigned going into the regular season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Hampton is very unlikely to be signed to an extension. Hampton has made it very clear that if he hits the "open free agent market", he won't be in the black and gold next season. The Steelers won't overpay for Hampton and some other team will (i.e. Raiders, Washington, etc). With aging Chris Hoke as the only other option at NT, Sonny Harris would have been a welcome, young addition to that lineup.