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February 25, 2015

Panthers interested in Ginn, recently visited with Oher

The Carolina Panthers are interested in bringing back return specialist Ted Ginn, although they're not the only team eyeing him.

A league source said the Panthers plan to reach out to Ginn, who also is drawing interest from his home-state Cleveland Browns.

Ginn enjoyed a career resurgence with the Panthers in 2013 after three disappointing years in San Francisco. He left in free agency last offseason for Arizona, which cut him Monday after Ginn posted some of the worst return numbers of his career.

Carolina's return game struggled last season without Ginn, who will turn 30 in April.

Another potential Panthers' target hit the market Wednesday when Baltimore cut receiver/returner Jacoby Jones.

Carolina tried to sign Jones in 2012 before he signed with Baltimore. Jones was one of the Ravens' postseason heroes that season, scoring on a 108-yard kickoff return that was the longest in Super Bowl history.

The Panthers also need a left tackle, and recently visited with one of the most famous ones in recent history.

Former Baltimore and Tennessee tackle Michael Oher, who was the inspiration for the movie, "The Blind Side," recently visited the Panthers, the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.

Oher's rise from the streets of Memphis to a full ride at Mississippi was chronicled in the 2009 film. Oher arrived in the NFL with much fanfare as a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2009.

And while he's never been to a Pro Bowl and is coming off a toe injury that ended his 2014 season early, Oher could be a solution for a Panthers team that is not re-signing enigmatic left tackle Byron Bell.

Oher, 28, started 80 consecutive games in his five seasons with Baltimore, where he played both right and left tackle.

But Oher was ranked among the 10 worst tackles in the league last year by Pro Football Focus in his only season with the Titans.

Tennessee released him on Feb. 5 with a waived-injured designation, less than a year after signing a five-year, $20 million contract with the Titans. He played 11 games at right tackle for Tennessee before going on injured reserve after hurting his toe.

Oher is believed to be almost completely recovered, according to the Sun's report.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 25, 2015 at 06:25 PM | Permalink

Comments

Oher might be good if he's healthy enough and jacoby jones definitely would solidify the return job. We still need to draft a tackle and tall speedy receiver who can catch.

Posted by: lakerman4567 | Feb 26, 2015 12:47:38 PM

Phillip Dorset is who id like to get

Posted by: Mike | Feb 26, 2015 1:11:49 PM

And also Oher is a good pick up haha hope we get him

Posted by: Mike | Feb 26, 2015 1:12:21 PM

I seen some games of Oher's his last season with Baltimore and he was just down right terrible. He looked like a rookie out there

Posted by: mike | Feb 26, 2015 3:18:28 PM

Oher looked bad last year and the year before in Baltimore

Posted by: Rob | Feb 26, 2015 5:48:11 PM

First of all, we need OT's to protect our franchise QB in C. Newton. Second of all, we need DE's because our pass rush wasn't the same w/out the "Kraken." I believe the R.Wilson and the Seahawks exposed us. We haven't had better dou or trio since S. Smith Sr., M. Muhammad, and R. Proehl. When are we going to get this WR corps together? K. Benjamin is a solid #2WR, we're still looking for a #1WR. Hopefully D. Gettleman will get it right in the draft or free agency. #KeepPounding/PanthersPit

Posted by: Anthony Parker | Feb 26, 2015 9:57:16 PM

Cam is still AWFUL!

Posted by: Cam is awful | Feb 27, 2015 9:16:27 AM

First priority is to nail down a solid left tackle, then in the second round grab a speedy wide out like Tyler Lockett from K-state.

Posted by: cpantherfan | Feb 27, 2015 10:07:43 AM

Too bad Dave "Hog Molly" Gettlemen won't draft a LT or any offensive line-man for that matter in the first two rounds. Be prepared for negligence on offense. Once again he will give them scraps to work with. I guess Brown and Bersin are the answers beside Benjamin. Adding Shula to stir this pot of scraps only makes it worse. Still waiting on him to low ball Cam or franchise him too.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Feb 27, 2015 3:26:44 PM

what are the odds that kawann short is the starting left tackle week 1?

i mean since it worked so great with nate chandler and everything....maybe brandon williams?

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 27, 2015 3:46:10 PM

i like that the baltimore sun tells the observer which nfl player is visiting the panthers.

really nice work guys.

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 6, 2015 10:42:40 AM

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