The Charlotte Observer reports that **the Carolina Panthers have hired** former Texans defensive coordinator Richard Smith as their linebackers coach. Smith, who served as the Texans' defensive coordinator from 2006-08, was let go after last season along with defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. Franklin has since been hired in the same capacity at USC, while Hoke was added to the Chicago Bears' coaching staff earlier this offseason.
In other news this week, **the New York Giants have re-signed** former Texans quarterback David Carr as Eli Manning's backup. Carr threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns in spot duty last season, his first in New York.