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Ted Ginn joins the Panthers on one-year deal

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The Panthers don’t have to kind of salary cap space to address their bigger problems, but they’re methodically checking off the smaller boxes.

After loading up on cheap secondary help, they added a receiver/return option by signing Ted Ginn on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was excited about Ginn, and reasonably so, since the Panthers had an odd lot of characters returning, including now-marginalized fourth-rounder Joe Adams.

But Ginn’s long-held wish to play more offense has a better chance of happening in Carolina, as they don’t have much beyond Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell. Considering Louis Murphy was viewed as a loss, any help is help.

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  1. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Mar 21, 2013 5:18 PM

    Breathe easier, Carolina. This is one of Jim Harbaugh’s favorite number one receivers. And you get the Whole Ginn Family along with him. Shine up the Lombardi case.

  2. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2013 5:18 PM

    Ginn will certainly get to prove that he is no receiver in Charlotte. Trust me, if Ginn had the skill set he would have emerged in San Francisco. The 9ers haven’t had much behind Crabtree the last few years and with the injuries they’ve had, Ginn would have emerged as WR if he had the skills. The problem is doesn’t have those skills as much as he and his dad would like to believe it.

    I do hope I’m wrong though, I’m not “hating” just pointing out that he is a tad delusional about his WR skills. The nice part is a team can mislead him into thinking he will get WR reps and in reality they’ve signed a solid return guy. I’m sure that he wanted a one year deal just in case that is what happens to him in Charlotte. Good luck to him though.

  3. goldrush36 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:21 PM

    If Ginn is a receiving option… they are SCREWED. Ted is a returner period. No change of scenery will change that fact.

  4. 1bucfan says: Mar 21, 2013 5:22 PM

    I bet the kitty cats fans will be saying super bowl…

  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 21, 2013 5:22 PM

    Is anyone getting tired of this delusional skins fan “logicalvoice”?
    What are you smoking?

  6. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2013 5:31 PM

    @doomsdaydefensetx – The 1st commandment of internet message boards: Thou shall not acknowledge the trolls!

  7. asyoulay69 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    Great move Panthers.

  8. wisewoo says: Mar 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    Okay hold your horses.

    Ted Ginn will replace Kealoha Pilares, Armanti Edwards, and Joe Adams all in one.

    By that – I mean he’ll catch the 11 passes they would have collectively caught this next season but is a major upgrade on being the return man (which is the only reason those three are on the roster…i.e. not for pass catching).

  9. panthers4life34 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:35 PM

    Hey bucs fan. WTF are u doing here. Did u forget we finished ahead of you in the division. You may have beaten us twice but we beat the saints twice who u couldn’t beat. Don’t talk smack about a team that is better then urs. Worry about your own team which has a lot more holes then us. Thank you.

  10. nviverson says: Mar 21, 2013 5:37 PM

    A role player for Carolina, and an occasional threat in the return game. Pretty decent sign IMO.

  11. dzor22 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:38 PM

    cue the Charlotte sports radio hosts pulling out the 2013 schedule— coming up with a 15-1 record and a Super Bowl. Happens every year. Now the big Ginn signing gives them the ‘stuff’ to win another paper championship and Cam will dance! 7-9 rules baby!

  12. fraleyr says: Mar 21, 2013 5:41 PM

    shoulda been cincy’s return guy ginn. why would you wanna be a panther anyway?

  13. smalltownqb says: Mar 21, 2013 5:42 PM


  14. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 21, 2013 5:45 PM

    This team should’ve signed a more dynamic WR way earlier in the offseason. Cam needs another one.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 21, 2013 5:54 PM

    Panthers are all “Ginned up” now.

  16. taurusturner says: Mar 21, 2013 5:56 PM

    I would have rather got Darius Heyward-Bey. Younger just ask fans and abilities are better. Maybe we can’t drop armanti edwards now. Still not convinced that Joe Adams and Kealoha Pilares are the answer maybe they will be cut and we can add better depth there for Cam.

  17. jay62107 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:18 PM

    Panthers4life34, if a team beat you twice in 2 attempts that means that they’re better than you. Finishing ahead of a team in your division means nothing if neither team made the playoffs and you’re bragging about beating the terrible defense of the Saints, wow it must be horrible being a Panthers fan only having pouty Cam.

  18. gregm5s7 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    attn: Panth-fans. Nobody knows or cares who Joe Adams or Pilares are.

  19. jprcox says: Mar 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    How does a team like the Panthers have zero cap space (or close), and yet teams like Seattle, SF, Indy, Denver have tons of space?

    I mean seriously…? I can see BAL having to retool over cap space, but at least they won the Superbowl. If Panthers stink to begin with, just blow the team up and let everyone go like the Jets. At least it can hopefully be placed on the right road forward instead of expensive mediocrity.

  20. beeronthefridge says: Mar 21, 2013 6:50 PM

    The 49niners loss of Ted Gin means they won’t be going to the Superbowl.

  21. aces79 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:52 PM

    Me as a Niners fan this is a good pick up for the Panthers i wish the Niners used him more

  22. hendeeze says: Mar 21, 2013 7:26 PM


    Very simple. Look at how much money Carolina has devoted to 3 running backs. And consider the biggest name 1st day FA pickup for the Niners in the last couple of years has been David Akers. Seattle has a very young team on rookie contracts. Indy is the same but with less talent. Denver I’m not sure about, but they are obviously doing everything possible for a run right now, even if it hurts them later.

  23. shmedly13 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:27 PM

    Coming from a Dolphins fan who knows…..enjoy watching Teddy run east and west and then out of bounds.

  24. sclazo says: Mar 21, 2013 7:39 PM

    Ted Ginn butterfingers and his family.

  25. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 21, 2013 8:07 PM

    @nineroutsider lesson learned

  26. jeremy84848 says: Mar 21, 2013 8:19 PM

    I’m just delighted to see that the very first comment contained the requisite “whole Ginn family” joke. Oh Cam Cameron, you truly are the gift that keeps on giving.

  27. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Mar 21, 2013 8:49 PM

    Ginn could be a good weapon for Newton’s offensive style. I see many reverses in Carolina’s future.

  28. madmax80 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:00 PM

    What most people don’t realize is not only is Ted Ginn really fast, but he also has gazelle like hands.

  29. filmex2000 says: Mar 22, 2013 12:14 AM

    After having watched “Hands” Ginn at OSU and with the 49ers, here’s betting he dropped his signing bonus, if he even got one.

  30. briank1ne says: Mar 22, 2013 1:07 AM

    ginn is a very good kick and punt returner. hes not great at receiving…at least the deep ball…but he is very quick and can be used with sweeps and reverses. he was a good asset to the niners.thats a good pickup carolina. be happy.

  31. 49erman7723 says: Mar 22, 2013 2:19 AM

    I believe we did not give Ginn enough credit , his speed was capable of making other players miss. I believe he was a key to our offense hate to see guys like that leave!

  32. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 22, 2013 2:45 AM

    Ginn is a reliable punt returner with big play potential, as a WR I believed he was under used with the niners and the only reason I can think of was he’s not a well liked guy in the locker room. As of now the niners don’t have anybody better than Ginn returning punts. I thought Baalke would of learned his lesson on not resigning key ST players. Costanzo would of been nice to have on the touchdown return in the Superbowl and it was ugly the year before against the Giants w/out Ginn.

  33. fpimentel72 says: Mar 22, 2013 9:50 AM

    That is an easy ?, I’m happy when he sign with the Panthers, he basically suck for my team. James can return kicks, James was ok but give him time and he will be great.

  34. thermalito says: Mar 22, 2013 3:00 PM

    Ginn is an awful receiver and an inconsistent return man. He also has a habit of making critical errors at critical moments. As a 49er fan I’m kind of glad to see him go.

  35. phluffyclouds says: Mar 24, 2013 11:55 PM

    We desperately needed help in the return game.

    Ginn is a big up grade as far as kick returner goes, good signing.

    Now somehow manage to draft Rock Hill’s Corradelle Patterson!

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