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Did the Carolina Panthers Finally Get Their Punter?

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The Carolina Panthers have been in desperation mode this offseason trying to replace punter Brad Nortman. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Nortman to a four-year deal worth $8.8 million after the Panthers didn’t sign him in free agency. He was an honorary member of the special teams group nicknamed the “bomb” squad,” and set a franchise record with a gross punting average of 47.8 yards in 2013.

Since his departure, the Panthers have brought in three punters: Swayze Waters (1 year) , Mike Scifres (13 years) and Kasey Redfern (1 year) . General Manager Dave Gettleman and Head Coach Ron Rivera weren’t satisfied with any of them. So what did they do? They went out and got three-time Pro Bowl selection P Andy Lee on August 29, 2016.

Who and what did the Panthers have to give up? They gave the Cleveland Browns P Kasey Redfern and a 4th round draft pick in 2018 for P Andy Lee and 2017 7th round draft choice.

Does this deal improve the Panthers punting situation? In my opinion, YES. Andy (34 years old) is still one of the best punters in the game and has the stats to prove it. He ranks sixth in NFL history with a 46.2 gross punting average and last season he set a Browns single-season record with a 46.7 yard gross average.

 

By, Justin Raymond, Editor

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