Kicker Olindo Mare Inks with the Panthers

Free agent kicker Olindo Mare has agreed to terms with the Panthers. Mare received a four-year deal worth $12 million and a $4 million signing bonus.

The 38-year-old Mare has connected on 81.4% of 403 field goal attempts during his 14-year career with the Miami Dolphins (1997-2006), New Orleans Saints (2007), and Seattle Seahawks (2008-10).

Mare connected on 88% of his 83 field goal attempts during his three seasons in Seattle, including a career-high 92.3% in 2009, prompting the Seahawks to place the franchise tag on him last offseason.

Mare’s signing with the Panthers spells the end for 41-year-old John Kasay, who has been with the franchise since 1995. Kasay was 25-of-29 on field goal attempts last season, but has not handled kickoff duties over the last three seasons, forcing the Panthers to carry an extra kicker. Mare still has one of the strongest legs in league, averaging 21 touchbacks per season for the Seahawks. The new kickoff rules figure to only increase those numbers.

Kasay is due $2 million in base salary in each of the two remaining seasons on his contract.


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