The Carolina Panthers have slowly started to get things going in free agency, as they’ve finally inked two notable players within the last week. Wednesday it was announced the team has come to a two-year agreement with linebacker Chase Blackburn.
Most fans are familiar with Blackburn from his days with the New York Giants. The linebacker has spent the last eight seasons with the G-Men, and of course he has two Super Bowl Rings to show for it. It doesn’t sound like there’s any bad blood between Blackburn and his former team, as he called his departure a ‘new chapter’ in his career, and thanked fans on Twitter.
— Chase Blackburn(@Blackburn5793) March 28, 2013
Blackburn has been added to the Panthers’ roster to provide depth at linebacker, given that the team already has three starters in place. However, Blackburn figures to get plenty of quality time on the field. He’s primarily been a backup throughout his career, but did start 15 games a year ago in New York.
During those 15 games last year, Blackburn forced four fumbles, which was by far a career-high.
While this isn’t a big ticket signing for the Panthers, it’s one that will strengthen their linebacker corps, and provide the team an option if a starter goes down. Details of the contract are not yet available, but it figures to be very affordable, as the Giants were only offering him the veteran minimum salary. All in all, Blackburn is a solid roster addition for the Panthers.
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