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July 27, 2011

Panthers expected to cut Kasay

(5:30 p.m. update)

The Panthers are expected to release John Kasay, the only remaining original Panther, on Thursday, the first day teams can cut players under the new league rules.

Panthers GM Marty Hurney said the new kickoff rules -- the spot will be moved up 5 yards this season and is expected to result in more touchbacks -- convinced the Panthers they no longer should carry three kickers (a punter, place-kicker, and kickoff specialist).

The Panthers surprised everyone Wednesday by signing former Seattle kicker Olindo Mare, 38, to a four-year deal worth $12 million.

Calling it "a difficult decision," Hurney said he told Kasay the Panthers planned to explore other kickers in free agency.

Hurney, who had red-rimmed eyes when discussing Kasay, said the 20-year veteran handled it "like a professional."

Hurney said he wouldn't be surprised if Kasay wanted to continue kicking in the NFL at 41.

Kasay did not immediately return a phone message.

 

Everyone predicted the condensed free agent period following the lockout would produce some of the most frenzied days in NFL history.

The Panthers are certainly doing their part.

Less than two hours after news of DeAngelo Williams' re-signing with the Panthers broke, Carolina sent shock waves through the league by agreeing to terms with Seattle kicker Olindo Mare, according to multiple reports.

The move raises immediate questions about the future of John Kasay, the 41-year-old, left-footed kicker who is the last remaining player from the Panthers' inaugural 1995 team.

Kasay, who has spent 16 of his 20 seasons with the Panthers, and Brett Favre were tied as the NFL's longest-tenured players last season.

Favre has retired. Again. Maybe.

It certainly appears Kasay will be following Favre's lead. And given Kasay's professionalism and no-nonsense approach, he won't be doing this more than once.

Kasay's team and NFL records are spread over two years in the Panthers' media guide. He is the team's longtime players' rep.

And as one former Panthers' beat writer suggested, he is deserving of the third statue outside Bank of America Stadium.

 --Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on July 27, 2011 at 03:31 PM | Permalink

Comments

I certainly hope that this signing is because Kasay is retiring and not because the new coaching regime is shoving him out the door. Kasay's been way too classy for that.

Posted by: J | Jul 27, 2011 3:39:31 PM

Kasay's a class act...but...I still can't forget that kick out of bounds in the Superbowl. That was definitely his Ray Finkle moment.

Posted by: jonesy | Jul 27, 2011 3:49:42 PM

Kasay's a class act...but...I still can't forget that kick out of bounds in the Superbowl. That was definitely his Ray Finkle moment.

Posted by: jonesy | Jul 27, 2011 3:49:42 PM

Why would you get rid of Kasay for a guy that is only 3 years younger?! dumb move, thanks for the years Kasay you helped us win so many games but you blew our super bowl.

Posted by: Ryan | Jul 27, 2011 3:51:44 PM

Why would you get rid of Kasay for a guy that is only 3 years younger?! dumb move, thanks for the years Kasay you helped us win so many games but you blew our super bowl.

Posted by: Ryan | Jul 27, 2011 3:51:44 PM

Kasay is a Damn Good Dawg! And Panther!

Posted by: Carolinadawg | Jul 27, 2011 3:55:02 PM

It's all about roster spots. This move frees one up (no more KO specialist) mare has been more accurate over the last three years as well. Thanks Kasay for everything.

Posted by: Jaysip | Jul 27, 2011 3:55:59 PM

Big difference between Kasay and Favre - Favre was OBVIOUSLY in decline as his play attested. Kasay was and is still one of the best at his position: http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/kicking/sort/fieldGoalsMade.

Posted by: ILikePike | Jul 27, 2011 3:58:52 PM

Big difference between Kasay and Favre - Favre was OBVIOUSLY in decline as his play attested. Kasay was and is still one of the best at his position: http://espn.go.com/nfl/statistics/player/_/stat/kicking/sort/fieldGoalsMade.

Posted by: ILikePike | Jul 27, 2011 3:58:56 PM

If this is the end, best wishes to John Kasay. He's been a great player and an even better man.

Posted by: TP | Jul 27, 2011 4:12:07 PM

By all accounts John Kasay is a great guy but kicking the ball out of bound in the Super Bowl should prevent him from getting the statue outside of BoA Stadium.

Posted by: Nate | Jul 27, 2011 4:19:13 PM

The defense screwed us on the Superbowl, enough with this blame Kasay crap. It's been 8 years get over it already. Kasay is more accurate and made field goals longer that Mare the last few years. There is no reason Mare should be replacing Kasay, when Mare was almost out of the league the last few years.

Posted by: Nate KS | Jul 27, 2011 4:30:56 PM

he had to go! brett has to have #4, it's the only way he'll play.

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 27, 2011 4:42:37 PM

he had to go! brett has to have #4, it's the only way he'll play.

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 27, 2011 4:42:37 PM

Thanks for the memories, Kasay! So many of them were sweet that I am willing to overlook the sour. I'm glad he was our K for 16 years, and hope he gets that statue at the stadium.

Posted by: Stumpy | Jul 27, 2011 4:52:17 PM

John Kasay did NOT cost us the SuperBowl. Go back and watch it. That thing was a shootout and our defense was out of gas...at best, on fumes!! I can't stand NE but I don't think there's anyway we stop them at that point, 85 yards to go or 40. How many games do we lose with an "average" PK over the years, esp the low-scoring slugfests that Fox loves? Kasay deserves a parade!

Posted by: PSLOwner | Jul 27, 2011 5:06:01 PM

John Kasay did NOT cost us the SuperBowl. Go back and watch it. That thing was a shootout and our defense was out of gas...at best, on fumes!! I can't stand NE but I don't think there's anyway we stop them at that point, 85 yards to go or 40. How many games do we lose with an "average" PK over the years, esp the low-scoring slugfests that Fox loves? Kasay deserves a parade!

Posted by: PSLOwner | Jul 27, 2011 5:06:01 PM

John Kasay did NOT cost us the SuperBowl. Go back and watch it. That thing was a shootout and our defense was out of gas...at best, on fumes!! I can't stand NE but I don't think there's anyway we stop them at that point, 85 yards to go or 40. How many games do we lose with an "average" PK over the years, esp the low-scoring slugfests that Fox loves? Kasay deserves a parade!

Posted by: PSLOwner | Jul 27, 2011 5:06:01 PM

Sorry for the multiple posts. Internet track way up today and I guess we're taxing CO servers.

Posted by: PSLOwner | Jul 27, 2011 5:07:23 PM

If this the end for Kasay then I wish him well and hope he does retire. He definitely deserves a statue outside of the stadium. Despite the kickers brought in over the years, he maintained his composure and kept his spot. By the way, Browns will release Delhomme later this week. Should we sign him to be a mentor to the two quarterbacks. I'm sure he won't mind that role this time around since this is clearly a youth movement. Though, wouldn't it be something to see him as the opening day starter? That would be kind of funny.

Posted by: Paul | Jul 27, 2011 5:22:28 PM

Jaysip mentioned; this is about roster spots. Orlindo Mare has a FG accuracy equal to Kasey and his Kick-off touch backs are 28% compared to Rhys Loydd's 20%. So the Panthers get one player that can replace two players. The two salaries he is replacing maybe a little less than what Mare was offered; but it might free up an extra Wide Receiver roster spot.

Ryan said, Why get rid of Kasey for a guy that is only three years younger? Three years in the NFL is a lifetime for most players; plus the reasons mentioned above.

Posted by: deveau52 | Jul 27, 2011 5:22:46 PM

Love the Ray Finkle comment, go Ace Ventura; Pet Detective!

Posted by: Rick | Jul 27, 2011 5:34:43 PM

Ok I see most of you know nothing about football.Kasy's has been very ineffective in 50+ range for the past 2-3 years.His leg strength is so bad panther have to sign a specialist just to do kick offs.You sign a player that can do both and you save your self a roster spot and a little change.

Posted by: eric | Jul 27, 2011 5:51:52 PM

Adios Kasay - thanks for all the good years. I hope you stick around in Charlotte even if you play elsewhere, you are a good player and a better man.

Posted by: manu4t | Jul 27, 2011 6:08:09 PM

I still have Kasay's autograph from their 1995 season. A great kicker, great man, and a dumb move once again on the Panthers behalf.

Posted by: TheChadd1982 | Jul 27, 2011 6:11:04 PM

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