CHARLOTTE — John Kasay, who ranks among the NFL all-time leaders in field goals and scoring, retired on Tuesday with Carolina.
Kasay, who spent 15 seasons with Carolina, signed a one-day contract with the Panthers so he could retire as a member of the team.
After beginning his career with Seattle in 1991, Kasay was one of the first free agents to sign with the expansion Carolina franchise in 1995. He remained with the Panthers through the 2010 season and is the team’s all-time leading scorer.
Kasay said it was important he retire with Carolina after signing a final contract with owner Jerry Richardson.
“When we came to Charlotte, our oldest son was about six weeks old,” Kasay said.
Kasay ranks sixth in NFL history with 461 field goals and fifth with his 81.9 field goal percentage. His 1,970 points rank eighth in league history, and his 42 career field goals of 50 yards or longer are tied for second in NFL history.
Kasay’s 20th and final NFL season was with New Orleans in 2011. He was released by the Saints before the 2012 season and spent last season out of the NFL.
49ers sign punter
The San Francisco 49ers have signed punter Anthony Santella to a one-year contract.
A 25-year-old Illinois product, Santella began in the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2011. He was released Aug. 27 of that year.
NBC picks singer Underwood
Carrie Underwood will take over the theme song for “Sunday Night Football,” with NBC sticking to the formula of a female country music star for its intro.
Underwood steps in for Faith Hill, who announced last month that she would not be back for a seventh season. Underwood will sing a new version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”
Cowboys sign reserve QB
The Dallas Cowboys have signed quarterback Aaron Corp, twice released by Buffalo after joining the Bills as an undrafted free agent last year.
Kyle Orton is the backup to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.
Lions ink pair
The Detroit Lions have claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood and offensive guard Derek Hardman off waivers.
Greenwood was released last week.