2013 NFL free agency: Carolina Panthers sign Ted Ginn

Win McNamee

Special teams help is on the way, and the Panthers finally have a return man.

Dave Gettleman continues to build the 2013 Carolina Panthers on the back of one-year deals that don't over-burden the organization long term. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team signed kick returner Ted Ginn to a one-year deal.

Ginn is a huge upgrade in an area the Panthers have struggled for years -- their return game. While several players have shown flashes on both kick and punt returns, nobody has the ability Ginn brings to the table. This is an extremely smart move for a team lacking play-makers on special teams, and gives Richard Rodgers more weapons for his arsenal.

Originally an ill-advised top-ten pick of the Miami Dolphins, Ginn never blossomed as a wide receiver the way they had hoped. Exhibiting speed, and little else, it wasn't long before he found a home as one of the more dangerous return men in the NFL. It isn't that Ginn routinely breaks for touchdowns (he only has three in his career), but he's a regular 20+ yard returner who will help establish the field for the offense.

This is about as big a pop as Carolina has made this free agency period, and brings in a player that could spell the end to either Armanti Edwards or Kealoha Pilares, depending on how the wide receiver depth chart is set.

KICK RETURN
Year Team G Ret Yds Avg Lng TD 20+ 40+ FC FUM
2012 San Francisco 49ers 13 11 253 23.0 31 0 9 0 0 1
2011 San Francisco 49ers 14 29 800 27.6 102T 1 25 1 0 0
2010 San Francisco 49ers 13 47 992 21.1 61 0 23 3 0 0
2009 Miami Dolphins 16 52 1,296 24.9 101T 2 34 4 0 1
2008 Miami Dolphins 16 32 657 20.5 41 0 19 1 0 0
2007 Miami Dolphins 16 63 1,433 22.7 52 0 39 2 0 0
TOTAL 88 234 5,431 23.2 102 3 149 11 0 2

PUNT RETURN
Year Team G Ret RetY Avg Lng TD 20+ 40+ FC FUM
2012 San Francisco 49ers 13 32 326 10.2 38 0 4 0 12 3
2011 San Francisco 49ers 14 38 466 12.3 55T 1 9 3 18 0
2010 San Francisco 49ers 13 24 321 13.4 78T 1 4 2 18 1
2009 Miami Dolphins 16 5 28 5.6 12 0 0 0 0 1
2008 Miami Dolphins 16 7 54 7.7 15 0 0 0 1 2
2007 Miami Dolphins 16 24 230 9.6 87T 1 2 1 15 3
TOTAL 88 130 1,425 11.0 87 3 19 6 64 10
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