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April 03, 2013

Panthers agree to terms with WR Domenik Hixon

The Panthers have their No. 3 wide receiver.

According to a league source, Carolina agreed to a one-year deal with WR Domenik Hixon on Wednesday, the Observer's Joe Person reports.

Hixon caught 39 balls for 567 yards and two touchdowns last year. He'll immediately enter training camp as the team's third wide receiver behind veteran Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.

Hixon was also talking with Cleveland and Oakland before deciding to go with the Panthers, who had hosted him Monday and Tuesday but ended his visit without getting a deal done.

After spending five years with the New York Giants, Hixon is familiar with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, who was an executive with the Giants for a decade and a half before coming to Carolina.

The Panthers were in need of another wide receiver this offseason after deciding not to re-sign Louis Murphy. Murphy, coincidentally, signed with the Giants earlier this offseason.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 3, 2013 at 05:57 PM | Permalink


Trading Louis "Stone Hands" Murphy straight-up for Hixon is a definite win for the Panthers. Not a huge move, but with the cap-hell left behind by Hurney, not surprising. I do believe Gettleman is making a difference here, though. Brighter days are ahead, for sure, and sooner rather than later. Fear the Cat!

Posted by: PantherDan | Apr 3, 2013 6:06:13 PM

Did somebody say super bowl?

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 3, 2013 6:06:43 PM

hell yea!!

The problem with fans here are Transplants and natives that are too F!ing dumb to stop pulling for cowboys or skins and have a team here.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Apr 3, 2013 6:08:09 PM

sign Winslow and I can live with these receivers! best player available with no 1 pick and hope Honey Badger is still around in round 2!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 3, 2013 6:10:38 PM

I guess this eliminates taking a WR in the first round? Even though the WR's on the roster only have 1-2 years left for us, I don't know if you take a WR to be 5th on the depth chart for the first year in the first round. Looks like DT or S will be the pick, although I hope we can trade back in the 1st and acquire an extra 2nd round or get back the 3rd round pick we traded away.

Posted by: jrguyiii | Apr 3, 2013 6:23:31 PM

Good signing by Dave Gettleman. He will help in the slot if he stays healthy. I agree with J. Cool that we should try to sign Kellen Winslow. We do need a number two tight end behind Greg Olsen. Hartsock and Brockel are not enough. One more signing before the draft and we will be in good shape going into ota's and minicamps. GO PANTHERS!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Apr 3, 2013 7:01:42 PM

A big plus over Louis Murphy.

Posted by: par404 | Apr 3, 2013 7:27:48 PM

Great signing!

Posted by: SKR | Apr 3, 2013 7:43:31 PM

Yea get Winslow baby

Posted by: Jr | Apr 3, 2013 8:48:43 PM

Another big change is coming. You people just don't know about it yet. We're back with no cap space and the draft is coming soon. Yep, have to do something to create space....and you'll never guess what we plan to do. :)

Posted by: Jerry the Top Cat | Apr 3, 2013 9:52:33 PM

joe....honey badger in early 2nd round? noooooooooo effing way. way to early for a guy with major red flags off the field and who can't play man corner at all. He's a playmaker sure, but he's in the munnerlyn vein not the deion sanders vein.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 3, 2013 10:23:00 PM

jerry......last I checked we're fine on cap. this time of year they just run with the top 53 salaries so signing a guy like hixon doesn't affect our cap figure it just bumps somebody else down below that 53 mark.

and yea this definitely means joe adams is gone. pilares is probably gone and edwards probably too. can't be too mad at that for hixon, but I don't feel like it's too big of an upgrade over the guys we already had who just haven't gotten the chances hixon did with manning. either that or gettis is NOT recovering from his injuries which would be horrible.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 3, 2013 10:26:31 PM

not a horrible pick up but I still think Ramses Barden would've been a better one. Seems like we need a bigger receiver that adds another option in the end zone plus he's younger than the 2 WRs we've added. Neither Hixon or Ginn have been able to stay on the field in prominent roles and that's what we need and have been trying to find forever.

Posted by: T | Apr 3, 2013 10:29:10 PM

this is a big upgrade because most of our receivers would be back ups on other teams so.remmember when back ups for the giants beat us in week 3.Yeah!Barden Hixon and company

Posted by: PRIMETIME | Apr 4, 2013 12:48:47 AM

LOL. How is this a big upgrade? He couldn't crack the starting line up in NY and the Giants decided to let him go for LOUIS MURPHY, the same guy you all are saying was terrible.

I guess we will see this year who got the better deal.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Apr 4, 2013 6:27:04 AM

we saw last season who got the better deal and how many other guys have we discarded Hixon has been a solid player.
I dont any of us are thinking he's gonna beat out Lafell its a one year deal great move!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Apr 4, 2013 8:52:34 AM

Yeah what is the deal with Gettis. Was very anxious about his return last season and then nothing. Thought I heard something that Chud was not liking what he was seeing. I dont know.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Apr 4, 2013 9:49:32 AM

It's sad that signing a backup WR is the highlight of this offseason. Not to mention a guy the Giants didn't want, and chose none other than Louis Murphy over him.

One good team's trash is another bad team's treasure. Gettleman so far is proving he's good at picking up scraps and that's about it. If you like 7 wins, good move.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Apr 4, 2013 10:17:28 AM

They'll probably cut Edwards, Belichek will pick him up and turn him into the next Welker.

Posted by: isaiah | Apr 4, 2013 1:15:41 PM

talent wasn't the problem last year. coaching was. we didn't NEED to make any moves this summer.

and last I checked we're still like 6 or 7 million under the cap before the draft.

Personally I would rather see pilares and edwards get a legit shot at being the 3rd receiver, as they are both dynamic playmakers in open space who have good ball skills. But signing hixon isn't a BAD thing. not all of these guys are going to make it to camp let alone regular season roster. these guys.......ginn.....hixon.....edwards, pilares, gettis, adams, etc. are all fringe NFL players. Whoever contributes the most on special teams coupled with being capable at receiver will make the roster. and that's all we need.

smith, lafell, olsen, tolbert, williams, stewart, and cam all sharing 1 ball is hard enough.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 4, 2013 2:20:07 PM

There is not much to cheer here. This is another shrug your shoulders move. I know most of us want something to cheer about and talk about but this doesn't do much for us at all.

My concern about this signing is that they may demphasize the need for an outstanding WR. I only see one, if he is not available then go solidify our defense and OL.
But if Tavon Austin is available at 14 and we bypass him thinking Ginn and Hixon are possible solutions, then this will tell you how dreadful of a team and leadership we will have.
Just watch his senior and junior highlight reel, the guy is the next Percy Harvin but much better in my opinion. You add him as our slot, then the whole nation will be watching the panthers light it up. He will make Lafell better, reduce the ability to double team Smith, provide more time and less injury risk for our QB since you are limited in your blitzing with such a dangerous slot receiver who can break it long.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Apr 4, 2013 3:20:27 PM

but he isn't needed THIS YEAR.

we can spend our 1st rounder next year on a WR. Smith is still capable of a 1500 yard season this year. Lafell is better suited than a rookie to hold down the 2nd spot anyways. So you are prioritizing 3rd wide receiver in an offense that SHOULD be run heavy over a defensive tackle or defensive back.

by all means if the best talent at 14 is clearly a wideout, go that route. but it definitely isn't a priority position for THIS draft. It's not a given that hixon and ginn even make the roster. They aren't multi year big signing bonus deals. These guys are fringe NFL players. It's GREAT for the competition among the young guys we already have. Cream will rise to the top surely.

But with smith-olsen-lafell as the 1-2-3 punch, you can't possibly feel uncomfortable about our offense at all.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 4, 2013 4:44:21 PM

First of all, LaFell is average at best. He is a mediocre 2nd WR.
Were you impressed with him last year???
Louis Murphy was more impressive.
LaFell will only catch a ball if it hits him in the chest. He is not quick or shifty.
Are you telling me that a Wes Welker type figure would not immediately help us rather than the slow developing plays of Olsen and Lafell.
It was pretty easy to defend us last year. You double team Smith, stuff the line and create pressure and voila, Newton ends up on his back.
If you have a Tavon Austin in the slot that can break a long one at any time then you take him. That type of player keeps defenses honest.
Austin's game is highly similar to Smiths except Austin had a much better college career.
I can't think of any recent DT or safety that had such a huge impact that put mediocre teams over the edge.
Suh and Fairley didn't. They are studs far better than Richardson or Williams.

There is no need to spend a 1st round pick on a DT that is simply slightly above average. A Shariff Floyd or a healthy Star Lotulei may be the only considerations.
Go watch Richardson's tape and then watch Austins reel. Richardson was not that impressive. I don't see him overpowering blockers at all. His sacks and TFL were slow developing and as a result of horrible blocking technique.
After you watch the reels, you can come back with hat in hand.

Posted by: Tyler Kadison | Apr 4, 2013 8:44:17 PM

Honestly I do like Tavon Austin, I always liked him over steadman bailey in that offense. Although Our bigger need is defense. You wanna tell me your ok with losing Gamble to free agency/retirement, AND picking up DJ Moore and Drayton Florence. Our secondary got exceptionally worse. Sherrod Martin lost his starting spot to a safety who can't cover (Nakamura, heres looking at you and the Atlanta game you single handily gave away) Godfrey is a good safety to help over the top, and Munnerlyn is really only good covering other teams number 2 receiver. With every other team in the division got significantly better in their passing game, and we got worse with pass defense, its going to be a long season again if we don't address defense in the draft. Either get a good DT to help create a good pass rush, or a good corner/safety to help in coverage. A good possible draft for us would look like this:

1st round - Richardson (Floyd will not be there and this is not a bad drop off)

2nd round - Honey badger (no hes not a number 1 corner but this late in the second round there won't be any good top corners)

3rd round - DJ Swearinger (I mean really here's a great pick that could add some attitude to our secondary)

4th round - Justice Cunningham (You want a good TE that loves to block and can catch passes too. Already have Olsen so a good blocker along the line that occasionally sneaks out for the pass, whats not to like)

5th round - OL (don't really know any goo ones that will fall this far, but help on the line is always a plus)

After that it wouldn't matter just help anywhere, but these top 5 picks would help the team trememdously. IF not they can always tank the season for Clowney!

Posted by: Tristen | Apr 6, 2013 5:00:17 PM

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