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February 08, 2012

Panthers re-sign Jansen, Phillips

When he let a ball slip through his hands in the 2010 season opener at the new Meadowlands Stadium, Panthers long snapper J.J. Jansen said he did not want to get his name in the newspaper because it meant he did something wrong.

Jansen has avoided any publicity since then – until Wednesday when the Panthers announced they re-signed Jansen to a four-year contract extension. The extension follows a mistake-free 2011 season for Jansen, who has not had any issues with his snaps since the game against the Giants in Sept., 2010.

Jansen, the Panthers' snapper since being traded from Green Bay for a conditional draft pick in 2009, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when the league year ends March 13.

In addition to Jansen, the Panthers also re-signed linebacker Jason Phillips to a one-year extension. Phillips, who would have been a restricted free agent, was claimed off waivers from Baltimore in September.

Phillips, a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2009, played in four games and made three tackles for the Panthers last season before injuring his calf.

The moves leave the Panthers with 11 potential free agents, including five starters from 2011 – tight end Jeremy Shockey, guard Geoff Hangartner, receiver Legedu Naanee and linebackers Dan Connor and Jordan Senn.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 8, 2012 at 05:07 PM | Permalink


hip hip hooooray?

Posted by: Wow | Feb 8, 2012 5:56:19 PM

Great move, glad they resigned Jansen..

Posted by: Catsnmbr1Fan | Feb 8, 2012 6:12:53 PM

keep shockey!!!!! for 2 more yrs

Posted by: COOK | Feb 8, 2012 6:57:14 PM

Shockey, Hangartner, and Senn will help the team.

Posted by: Ali | Feb 8, 2012 9:28:35 PM

I am in favor of keeping tight end Jeremy Shockey,not to sure we should retain guard Geoff Hangartner, receiver Legedu Naanee and linebackers Dan Connor and Jordan Senn.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Feb 8, 2012 9:31:26 PM

All of those guys are worth keeping at the right price, especially Shockey. None are worth breaking the bank.

Posted by: Kenny | Feb 9, 2012 2:49:29 AM

Hurney should be fired!

Posted by: uoewuoi | Feb 9, 2012 5:21:52 AM

Re-sign Jake

Posted by: Sheldon | Feb 9, 2012 12:54:29 PM

Look at how many players we lost last season, and you wonder why we lose.

Ron Edwards (DT) Taken off IR (triceps).
Cletis Gordon (CB) Taken off IR (shoulder).
Zack Williams (C) Taken off IR (torn acl).
David Gettis (WR) Taken off IR (torn acl).
Garry Williams (T) Taken off IR (undisclosed).
Geoff Schwartz (T) Taken off IR (hip).
Gary Barnidge (TE) Taken off IR (broken ankle).
Jon Beason (LB) Taken off IR (torn left achilles).
Jeff Otah (T) Taken off IR (left knee).
Legedu Naanee (WR) Taken off IR (foot).
Captain Munnerlyn (CB) Taken off IR (hamstring).
Bryant Browning (G) Taken off IR (wrist).
Jason Phillips (LB) Taken off IR (right calf).
Terrell McClain (DT) Taken off IR (left knee).
Sione Fua (DT) Taken off IR (right hamstring).
Mike Goodson (RB) Taken off IR (hamstring).
Thomas Williams (LB) Taken off IR (neck).
Thomas Davis (LB) Taken off IR (torn right acl).

Posted by: Real Panther | Feb 9, 2012 2:06:41 PM

EXACTLY. Period, end of sentence. If you wanna blame anything, blame the lockout.

Posted by: BAMF Rules!!! | Feb 9, 2012 4:48:40 PM

what!? Are you kidding me black-panther? I agree we need to re-sign Shock for the right price. I also agree Connor is going to want more money than he's worth to us and he wants to be a starter somewhere, according to his most recent statements, so he's probably gone. Naanee is probably expendable with Gettis coming back, but for the right price I would consider keeping him (and dumping Armanti's contract instead, if it is financially reasonable to do so). BUT Hangartner improved this line immediately over Bernadeau and his versatility is invaluable. He's a dependable option at either guard or center. and Senn probably became my favorite Panther in 2011. The way that guy flies around, he's always in or near the play on D. His high motor and attitude makes him an asset to us, even if just as a special teams player. Every club needs guys like him if they want to win. Although it depends on the kind of money were talking about, but those guys need re-signed to. So, basically, I agree with Ali. Shock, Hangartner ans Senn would be my highest priorities, as far as re-signing goes.

Posted by: OBXsurfer4 | Feb 9, 2012 5:12:05 PM

Hangartner is a must-keep. I don't think he'll demand big dollars, but he can play all three interior line positions well. Even if you don't slot him as a starter, he's one of the most valuable backups we've had. Letting him walk the first time was a mistake, don't let it happen again.

Senn and Connor showed they can play for real this year. Connor may want starter dollars, and I don't know that we can commit that, but he's a very, very good insurance policy if Davis can't go. Senn was making plays all over the field late in the year during the last six games.

Shockey played great here, and if he's willing to sign a two year contract for reasonable dollars, great, but he's getting towards the end of his career. Naanee was a very good addition this year, but we've got a logjam of receivers like him now. (Gettis and Pilares have very similar games.)

Posted by: Bull City Dog | Feb 9, 2012 5:18:46 PM

The Raiders just released Stanford Routt, 6'1 CB with good skill. He was the top CB in the nfl in completion % by QB;s at 39%, but he gave up 8 td's. We should sign him and trade our #1 draft pick down, and sign Mark Barron to cover the deep part of the field while picking up some extra draft picks!

Posted by: Sign up | Feb 9, 2012 8:42:47 PM

The Panthers should definitely try to hold on to Hangartner. He is a versatile veteran with plenty of starting experience. Hangartner isn't my first choice as a starter but he's a top notch backup at both center and guard.

Posted by: Nate | Feb 10, 2012 12:10:23 PM

Drop Shockley and get Martellus Bennett from the cowboys

Posted by: David | Feb 10, 2012 12:51:54 PM

Why would we drop Shockley to get a TE that has not scored a TD in three years?

Posted by: Real Panther | Feb 10, 2012 2:08:29 PM

where is jimmy clausen now they have that great quarterback newton ha

Posted by: vaughn | Feb 10, 2012 2:31:27 PM

how does it look for 2012 season

Posted by: vaughn | Feb 10, 2012 2:32:46 PM

sure glad we signed them (sic)

Posted by: sbh1024 | Feb 10, 2012 5:25:35 PM

Connor gone. He needs/wants to move on. Senn is hungry and plays like it sign him.
Hangartner sign. Shockey sign. Naanee.... bubble player. Let AE go.

Posted by: landmerchant | Feb 11, 2012 9:23:33 AM

Well said, QBX !!!

Posted by: nasty704 | Feb 11, 2012 11:50:21 AM

"Hangartner is a must-keep. I don't think he'll demand big dollars, but he can play all three interior line positions well. Even if you don't slot him as a starter, he's one of the most valuable backups we've had. Letting him walk the first time was a mistake, don't let it happen again."

^^ Exactly, especially with all the injuries we always have to deal with. Here's to an amazing draft...

Posted by: dust | Feb 12, 2012 11:41:50 AM

the biggest move we have to make this offseason is restructuring davis' contract. hurney has done a GREAT job over the years. we've won when healthy and lost when not. that's the NFL. even the patriots lose when everybody is hurt.

i think a shockey, olsen, smith, gettis, lafell receiving corp is more than sufficient. hangartner is crazy useful because he plays multiple positions and as a vet we can keep for cheap, he is the ideal backup on the 0-line. frees up a roster spot elsewhere.

connor will have to go and that's fine. we can pray beason is going to be back 100% but connor can start elsewhere and he can't play outside linebacker for us. he'll demand too big a salary to be a backup. and beason is best suited playing middle as we saw last year.

applewhite should stay, but the numbers might keep that from happening. johnson, hardy, edwards, mcclain, fua, young'n we picked up mid season who played great keisler or whatever......applewhite should be in the mix because of his versatility to play 3 positions.

draft a corner, a receiver, maybe o-line, maybe d-line, maybe linebacker. teach martin a pugh how to develop the way godfrey did. godfrey looked god awful as a rookie at times but he came along quickly, if martin and pugh learn to tackle, they could be that also and we would have a nice group of safeties.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 12, 2012 5:04:44 PM

Great news! Now we need a few more solid players on D and some receivers that can catch for 2012!

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