Place-kicker John Kasay signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Panthers so he could officially retire as a member of the franchise he played for 16 years with.
Kasay is sixth in NFL history for most field goals made (461) and attempted (563) as well as fifth in career field goal percentage (81.9 percent; minimum 500 attempts) and eighth in points scored (1,970). His 42 career field goals of 50-plus yards are tied for second in NFL history. Kasay's records take on added meaning since three quarters of his career were spent kicking for Carolina, where all home games are played outdoors.
A fourth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 1991, Kasay signed with the Panthers as a free agent in 1995. He played the next 16 seasons for Carolina before hooking on with the New Orleans Saints in 2011. He did not play in the NFL last season.
"When we came to Charlotte, our oldest son was about six weeks old," Kasay said. "To be able to watch your family grow, not only in number, but also in stature, it gives us a long range perspective on as blessed as we were and have been by Mr. (Jerry) Richardson to be able to come live in this community, this city, and really the North Carolina and South Carolina region that has been so good to our family and has given way more to us than we've ever given back."