CHARLOTTE — The Panthers have re-signed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and signed unrestricted free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Oakland Raiders.
Both players signed one-year deals. The team announced the deals Thursday.
They are the latest moves to improve a secondary looking to replace long-time starting cornerback Chris Gamble, who was released in a salary cap move. Carolina previously signed unrestricted free agent cornerbacks D.J. Moore and Drayton Florence.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says, “Mitchell should provide competition in the secondary, and we know Captain is a tough, hard-nosed competitor capable of making big plays.”
Munnerlyn, a former USC standout, played in all 16 games with 11 starts for the Panthers in 2012.
Panthers boost return game with Ginn
Carolina picked up one of the league’s most dangerous returners when Ted Ginn Jr. agreed to terms on a 1-year contract, according to two league sources.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the agreement.
Ginn, the former first-round pick of Miami in 2007, immediately improves a unit that auditioned a handful of returners last season with little success. Ginn, 27, who spent the past three seasons with San Francisco, is one of 10 players in NFL history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.
Ginn, who was an unrestricted free agent, has the inside track to become the Panthers’ third receiver. Louis Murphy, the No. 3 wideout in 2012, recently signed with the Giants.
The Panthers used Armanti Edwards, Joe Adams and Armond Smith as their kick returners last season after Kealoha Pilares went down with a season-ending shoulder injury in November.
The acquisition of Ginn could spell the end of Edwards’ tenure in Charlotte. The former Appalachian State quarterback is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and has made virtually no impact while working as a returner and receiver.
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Giants re-sign David Carr
The New York Giants announced they have re-signed quarterback David Carr, who was a free agent. The 2002 No. 1 pick in the NFL draft has been Eli Manning’s backup in four of the past five seasons.
Manning has started 135 consecutive regular-season games, a run that started in the second half of the 2004 season. Carr, who played in San Francisco in 2010, has played in 11 games for the Giants.
San Francisco signed free agent safety and special teams standout Darcel McBath to a one-year contract. ... Free agent defensive end Frostee Rucker agreed to a one-year contract with Arizona. ... New Orleans re-signed linebacker Will Herring to a one-year contract. He was released earlier this month. ... Green Bay re-signed linebacker Brad Jones. ... Jacksonville signed Jordan Shipley, potentially giving the team a slot receiver. Shipley played in the Jaguars’ final six games last season. ... Tennessee agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard. ... Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert signed his franchise tender.
Bills’ 10-year lease approved by lawmakers
The Buffalo Bills’ 10-year, $271 million lease agreement has received unanimous approval from Erie County lawmakers.
The final step for the deal to take effect is approval from state lawmakers, which the Bills anticipate to happen soon. The lease includes $130 million in renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, which are scheduled to begin this year.
State and county taxpayers would be on the hook for $226.8 million over the 10-year period.