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Panthers extend Graham Gano for four years

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The Panthers have been clearing cap room for several reasons, not just to keep free agent Greg Hardy and replace the retired Jordan Gross.

Friday, they used part of the money to extend kicker Graham Gano for four years, keeping him under contract through the 2017 season. He was set to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The special teams unit was a large part of our success last year, and we are excited to keep Graham as a part of our team,” head coach Ron Rivera said in a release from the team. “Graham has shown range and accuracy in his field goal kicking, and his strong leg has been a weapon for us on kickoffs.”

Gano was exceptional on field goals and kickoffs for the Panthers last season, making all six of his attempts from 50 yards or longer and recording touchbacks on 77.8 percent of his kickoffs, the highest mark in the league.

Now, they have other, bigger business to do.

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6 Responses to “Panthers extend Graham Gano for four years”
  1. qdog112 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:17 AM

    Smart move, extending Gano. Dumb move, not talking to impending free agents.

  2. cropslx says: Feb 28, 2014 10:18 AM

    Way to go DG! Gano was part of the reason we did so well this year….Go Panthers!!

  3. nflinsider711 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:56 AM

    Its amazing how these former Washington Redskins kickers shine on their next team.

  4. corkspop says: Feb 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    Thanks Panthers and Gano for coming together in a new contract. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if this guy broke the record for longest FG. That’s not why you sign him, though. Dependability, distance, clutch.

  5. itsunclepauley says: Feb 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    F-L-O-R-I-D-A….S-T-A-T-E

  6. jgedgar70 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:24 AM

    Good to have him signed. He’s extremly dependable.

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