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March 12, 2013

TE Ben Hartsock re-signs with Panthers

Ben Hartsock's blocking abilities and two catches for 30 yards last season were enough for the Panthers to bring him on for another year.

The tight end's agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Hartsock has re-signed with Carolina. A source close to Hartsock said it's a one-year deal.

Hartsock is entering his 10th NFL season and third with the Panthers. Known more as a blocking tight end, Hartsock's catches last season were the most he had since catching three passes for 26 yards with the Falcons in 2008.

Re-signing Hartsock reinforces what Ron Rivera's offensive staff trended toward in the second half of the season and what general manager Dave Gettleman has been saying this offseason. The Panthers want to have a vertical passing attack, and having Hartsock in as an extra blocker in two-tight end sets will help that.

He was one of two unrestricted free agent tight ends for Carolina, with Gary Barnidge being the other. Barnidge had six catches for 78 yards and one touchdown last season.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 12, 2013 at 03:48 PM | Permalink


this is big!

i love how the panthers make big splashes with these big moves.

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 12, 2013 4:11:46 PM

Now we're just missing the comments about how this one move means the Panthers will end up 3-13...

Posted by: swizzlesticks | Mar 12, 2013 4:30:45 PM

More valuable than James Anderson?

Posted by: Lanman | Mar 12, 2013 4:30:45 PM

Looking like Gentleman is no different from Hurney. We haven't made any vital improvements even with just 4 million in cap room to work with smh

Posted by: Taurus | Mar 12, 2013 4:32:28 PM

we don't need new players. we need a new coach. our team last year was fine. and they didn't call the plays or handle substitutions.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 12, 2013 4:43:56 PM

i'm expecting us to sign a few RB's soon. We need a few spares.

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 12, 2013 4:55:26 PM

We definitely should be looking at Reggie Bush to get us another running back and possibly draft another TE in the first round.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 12, 2013 5:07:35 PM

Man, I hope you were joking, Jon, lol.

Posted by: Me | Mar 12, 2013 5:09:31 PM

I think we need to lose a RB to free cap space. I am guessing we paid the most per yard last season for running plays

Posted by: jack | Mar 12, 2013 5:15:24 PM

people up here are amazingly DUMB. Stick to what you know which is nothing about football. A man cant make moves in free agency when he can barely keep the players he already has. You guys are PATHETIC!!

Posted by: steve | Mar 12, 2013 6:25:38 PM

Definitely not Lanman. I can't believe they cut Anderson, but Mr NightClub is STILL on the team, hadn't played a full season in TWO years, AND when he's on the field he's a LIABILITY!! But cut the guy who broke his single season tackling record, which was broke by the guy who BELONGS in the middle, Keek.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Mar 12, 2013 8:19:47 PM

It looks like the Panthers' brass will be asleep at the wheel once again during free agency. Why couldn't we get Harvin or Bouldin or some other difference-maker. Build from the draft- ok- we'll see... I love the Panthers, but tired of the roller coaster ride of disappointment. They MUST make the playoffs this year, or clean house and put game tickets on sale for half-price. This is coming from a true blue Panther fan from day one !! Wheel and Deal, come one, pay attention!!!!!

Posted by: BillyB | Mar 12, 2013 8:28:55 PM

Harvin??? Lol. Yeah, the panthers definitely should have traded the 1st plus other picks it took to get him. We soooo need a gadget player that barely ever plays. Oh wait, do you honestly think he could be a #1 receiver? No idea what would lead you to think that. And if not, why would we trade a 1st for him?

Posted by: Swizzlesticks | Mar 13, 2013 9:42:10 AM

charlotte sports fans = enamored with mediocre free agents.

we don't need receivers, we have 3 solid options and 3 young prospects that have all shown nice flashes. we had to do something at linebacker and it would be hard to cut beason or davis given that they were NO QUESTION better than anderson when healthy. Anderson was very good. We have elite linebackers. We had to pick one. hard choices to be made. davis looked great last year. beason was a pro bowler last time he played outside.

only needs we have are DT, FS and corner if we don't bring back munnerlyn. if we do, we're fine. Sorry but norman and thomas are completely capable. we went to the super bowl with reggie howard and terry cousins. WHO?! exactly. offensive line is a want more than a need. we had a decent line last year that just added all-pro ryan khalil. and gave our 2 young guys another year of experience. DT and FS. and we can get both in the draft. literally no other need on the roster if we resign munnerlyn. dwan edwards too.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2013 9:59:10 AM

beason and davis are very used and broken....major concern for me. I guess the panther brass likes to roll the dice on them though. scares me.

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 13, 2013 10:11:32 AM

Barron and Goldson at safety for the Bucs. NFC South is racking up. We have to take a look at guys like Cason, Huff, Pollard, or Asomugha at the secondary. C. Rivera is familiar with Anton Cason and Micheal Huff from having coached in the AFC West and C. McDermott has familiarity with Nnamdi. Bernard Pollard should be the guy, young and hard hitter and plays fast. And a WINNER! Our type of guy. Aka Mike Minter! GO PANTHERS!!!
We did just sign Drayton Florence.

Posted by: BofA Fan | Mar 13, 2013 4:47:08 PM

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