K Olindo Mare signs 4 year deal with Panthers

Does anyone have JR or Hurney's number? If so, please tell them they need to slow down a little here.

In easily the most surprising news of this free agent period the Carolina Panthers have signed kicker Olindo Mare to a 4 year, $12 million deal. 

This is easily the absolute shocker of the week as fans wonder what this means for the future of John Kasay, the original Panther. Perhaps Kasay has decided to hang up his boots after all this time, because as it stands there's absolutely no reason to carry two kickers like Kasay and Mare. The flip side could be that the Panthers see Mare as a true upgrade at this position, as Mare has been more accurate over the last three years than Kasay (88.1% vs. 86%), but regardless it seems extremely odd that the Panthers would part ways with Kasay over 2% accuracy.

We'll update as we know more, but it seems that writers, pundits and players are all stunned by this move.

Mare's numbers after the jump...

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Overall FGs PAT Kickoffs
G GS Blk Lng FG Att FGM Pct XP Att XPM Pct Blk KO Avg TB Ret Avg
2010 Seattle Seahawks 16 0 0 51 30 25 83.3 31 31 100.0 0 72 65.0 20 49 21.8
2009 Seattle Seahawks 16 0 0 47 26 24 92.3 28 28 100.0 0 69 67.9 22 46 23.0
2008 Seattle Seahawks 16 0 0 51 27 24 88.9 30 30 100.0 0 71 66.6 22 47 25.6
2007 New Orleans Saints 13 0 1 52 17 10 58.8 34 34 100.0 0 52 63.6 15 34 24.1
2006 Miami Dolphins 16 0 2 52 36 26 72.2 22 22 100.0 0 67 65.6 24 40 24.5
2005 Miami Dolphins 16 0 0 53 30 25 83.3 33 33 100.0 0 73 67.0 16 55 25.7
2004 Miami Dolphins 11 0 0 51 16 12 75.0 18 18 100.0 0 44 64.6 11 32 23.5
2003 Miami Dolphins 16 0 1 52 29 22 75.9 34 33 97.1 1 72 65.8 24 46 21.9
2002 Miami Dolphins 16 0 0 53 31 24 77.4 43 42 97.7 1 84 63.9 12 69 22.3
2001 Miami Dolphins 16 0 0 46 21 19 90.5 40 39 97.5 1 73 62.7 12 59 20.2
2000 Miami Dolphins 16 0 0 49 31 28 90.3 34 33 97.1 0 77 60.3 7 68 18.5
1999 Miami Dolphins 16 0 1 54 46 39 84.8 27 27 100.0 0 84 62.9 20 58 22.1
1998 Miami Dolphins 16 0 0 48 27 22 81.5 34 33 97.1 1 72 64.1 13 56 21.9
1997 Miami Dolphins 16 0 1 50 36 28 77.8 33 33 100.0 0 76 63.6 20 52 19.2
TOTAL 6 54 403 328 81.4 441 436 98.9 4 986 64.5 238 711 22.2

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