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October 29, 2008

Kasay signs extension

Kicker John Kasay signed a four-year contract extension with the Panthers, the team announced today.

Kasay, 39 and the last of the original Panthers, is the franchise's all-time leading scorer and passed Jan Stenerud last week for eighth place on the NFL's all-time field goal list with 374.

"We are very pleased to know that John is going to remain a Carolina Panther," said general manager Marty Hurney. "He has meant so much to the organization and is valuable in many ways."

Kasay has made 21 straight field goals over two seasons, one away from his personal record. -- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on October 29, 2008 at 02:35 PM | Permalink


That's awesome, good for him, he deserves it!

Posted by: JM | Oct 29, 2008 2:52:04 PM

Great Move!

Posted by: FIREFOX | Oct 29, 2008 2:53:23 PM

Is there going to be any headway into signing Peppers and Gross? Or are we going to have to keep wondering until after the season ends.

Posted by: scott | Oct 29, 2008 3:03:50 PM

great news however does this mean we will have 2 kickers for 4 years?

When will Rhys Lloyd get his shot?

Smart move but perhaps Kasay should have signed only a 2 year contract OR retire since he cant handle kickoffs anymore.

just my 2 cents...

Posted by: Voice o' reason | Oct 29, 2008 3:07:41 PM

Awesome! I'm so happy for John. He is a class act, and deserves this! The Panthers should retire #4 when John hangs up the cleats.

Posted by: James | Oct 29, 2008 3:08:34 PM

I forgot to ask...

Who will be cut next year (and the next 3 years) to make room for Kasay and Lloyd?

could we loose great talant like Will Witherspoon and others...(i am fine if guys like keary Colbert and Drew Carter are waived)

Posted by: Voice o' reason | Oct 29, 2008 3:09:46 PM

Way to waste a roster spot. Hurney SUCKS.
javeirj1@yahoo.com if you have a problem with it.

Posted by: JayJ6 | Oct 29, 2008 3:10:15 PM

Anyone have a shovel? I need it when I visit my Uncle.

Posted by: Car_Panthers2008 | Oct 29, 2008 3:11:50 PM

JayJ6 I kinda agree with you and Voice O' Reason...

waste a roster spot on an OLD, should be retired Kicker whose 3 kickoffs away from a nursing home. we cant waste a roster spot to have 2 kickers... Can Rhys Lloyd Punt the ball better than Baker? i mean he playerd soccer... surely he can punt 40-55 yards

Posted by: MichaelProction | Oct 29, 2008 3:12:35 PM

This will put Kasay through his 43rd birthday! Who else in the NFL will be playing at his high level (he's perfect this season so far on all his attempts) at his age? Brett Favre is his age but will not play that long for sure.

Posted by: mike | Oct 29, 2008 3:13:06 PM

Very interesting. Kasay's still got it on FGs, and we've replaced him with a weapon in Lloyd on kickoffs, but one wonders if Lloyd will be real thrilled about being nothing more than a kickoff guy for another four years. I'm sure he signed his two year deal thinking he'd get the chance to compete for the placement job by the end of it. Are we risking alienating the best kickoff specialist in the league (a player who has helped our special teams IMMENSELY) with this move?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 29, 2008 3:13:07 PM

Frankly, pissing off a specialist kicker does not have me worried at all...

Posted by: mike | Oct 29, 2008 3:14:28 PM

It's a good move and a bad move. Kasay can probably beat the records in those four years and stand a good chance at the Hall of Fame and represent the Panthers there. Bad move being...well what you guys said.

Posted by: Lenny | Oct 29, 2008 3:17:27 PM

mike, John Carney is currently leading the NFL in FGs made at the age of 44, and Morten Andersen didn't hang 'em up until 47, when he was STILL 7th in the league in FG%. Kickers can do it a LONG time. It is interesting to note, though, that both of those guys stayed on kickoff duty far later in their careers than Kasay. Carney's still doing it this year at a 62.6 yard clip, and Andersen was doing kickoff duty full time through age 42.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 29, 2008 3:19:30 PM

Mike, it'll probably have you worrying when you see Kasay and/or Baker (who is also signed through 2012) shanking kickoff out of bounds and giving opponents free drive starts at the 40. Rhys Lloyd has 16 TBs this year in just 41 kickoffs; when combining Baker and Kasay's TBs for us from 2003 through last year (343 kickoffs), they had 17. Food for thought.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 29, 2008 3:25:30 PM

And Lenny, while an HoF bid may be an outside possibility for Kasay, it's important to note that of the seven guys now in front of him on the career FGs list, four (Hanson, Elam, Carney, and Stover) are still active, so he won't be making much ground up on them. Hanson and Elam, in fact, are younger than Kasay.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 29, 2008 3:27:31 PM

Great kickers are about like great defensive ends or great quarter backs. They are hard to find and with one play can literally make or break your team. Kasay has proven himself to be a great kicker. So to everybody who's knocking this move... stupid is as stupid does. I for one am glad to be keeping him around another few years.

Posted by: HuskerFan | Oct 29, 2008 3:30:11 PM

Not a bad move as long as Lloyd becomes the punter as well. That shouldn't be too hard for a soccer player. Get rid of Baker & free up the roster spot & money.

Posted by: j | Oct 29, 2008 3:33:00 PM

That's absurd, j. Though Lloyd did punt at Minnesota, he was mediocre at best. His gross average of 39.8 from his senior year is barely better than Baker's 39.0 net average as a Panther. Baker has consistently been one of the best punters in the NFL since coming on board as a throw-in to the Sauerbrun trade.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 29, 2008 3:44:49 PM

Bring back Sauerbraun!!! Nothing like a kicker who wasnt afraid of contact.

Posted by: MisbehavenJohn | Oct 29, 2008 3:45:54 PM

I see absolutely nothing wrong with this move. Only downside is having to use that extra spot for Lloyd, but I wouldn't really consider that much of a negative because it obviously hasnt hurt the Panthers this year.

Posted by: matt | Oct 29, 2008 3:46:41 PM

I agree with the people saying get rid of Baker and get Lloyd to punt as well. While punting a football is different than punting a soccer ball it shouldnt be that much of a stretch for him. And congrats to Kasey even if it does cost an extra roster spot to have 2 kickers and a punter. Kasey has done so much for this team it is worth it and i hope he can kick as long as he wants

Posted by: Trptguy09 | Oct 29, 2008 3:47:06 PM

What the hell has Rhys Lloyd EVER done to show you people that he should replace Baker as the punter.

Posted by: matt | Oct 29, 2008 3:53:14 PM

I think it's a great move. Lloyd may want a shot as the sole kicker on the team one day but everything I've read that he's said, at least publicly, shows that he's very happy with where he is. If you ask me, Lloyd is sitting pretty. He doesn't have to face the pressures of going out there and making a game winning kick, he just has to kick the crap out of the ball every kickoff which he doesn't seem to have a problem doing. I think we as fans have been spoiled with Kasay because we've never had to worry about our kicker. Even when Kasay was hurt they brought in Nedney and he had a very good season for us. There are a lot of teams out there that would pay very good money to have a kicker as sound as Kasay on field goals...granted kickoffs for him are another story. As far as losing a roster spot having Lloyd that answer is simple...do you see if affecting us this year? No...a kickoff specialist like Lloyd makes the special teams coverage look good and an accurate kicker like Kasay wins the close games for us...lets face it, come playoff time we're gonna need a clutch kicker that can win those close games for us and Kasay hasn't shown any reason why he's still not that guy.

Posted by: JT | Oct 29, 2008 4:00:50 PM

Is there nothing that you guys won't bitch about. After all we are 6-2. And the kicking aspect is pretty darn good. You might be happier being a Lion's or a 49 er fan. Then you would have much more to bitch about.

Posted by: shoz | Oct 29, 2008 4:04:53 PM

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