Panthers get injury protection in Hixon deal

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The Panthers added a new receiver without tying up much cap space.

The one-year, $1.2 million deal includes a split salary of $383,000, which will reduce his base salary of $725,000 if he ends up on injured reserve.

Hixon also gets a $250,000 signing bonus, $12,500 per game that he’s on the active roster, and a workout bonus of $25,000.

Hixon entered the league in 2006 as a fourth-round pick of the Broncos.  He landed with the Giants after four games in 2007, played in New York ever since, and won a couple of Super Bowl rings along the way.