The Panthers haven’t commented on their plans in that area, but General Manager Marty Hurney did confirm that the team wants to bring Gano back for a seventh season with the team.
“I mean, Graham missed one kick for us last year,” Hurney said, via the team’s website. “He had a phenomenal year. He’s definitely a guy that we want to get re-signed and is a priority, but as I said, this time of year it’s hard to predict anything. It’s just a fluid process day-to-day.”
Gano missed four kicks — one field goal and three extra points — but has been strong on kickoffs and a steady performer throughout his time in Carolina. A franchise tag would pay him around $5 million for the 2018 season while the five-year, $20 million deal Ryan Succop signed with the Titans likely provides some idea of what a longer deal with Gano would look like.