The Panthers have their No. 3 wide receiver.
According to a league source, Carolina agreed to a one-year deal with WR Domenik Hixon on Wednesday.
Hixon caught 39 balls for 567 yards and two touchdowns last year for the New York Giants. Hell immediately enter training camp as the teams third wide receiver behind veteran Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.
I had a blast and was blessed to be with such a good organization for so many years, Hixon said on his Twitter account. Im even more blessed to be joining a great organization, the Carolina Panthers!!! Im excited and cant wait to start work!
Hixon was also talking with Cleveland and Oakland before deciding to go with the Panthers, who had hosted him Monday and Tuesday but ended his visit without getting a deal done.
After spending five years with the New York Giants, Hixon is familiar with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman, who was an executive with the Giants for a decade and a half before coming to Carolina.
Hixon is one of the biggest free-agent pickups for the Panthers in an otherwise quiet offseason. Strapped for cash, Carolina hasnt made many big signings. In March, the team brought on returnman Ted Ginn Jr. and cornerback D.J. Moore while re-signing cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.
The Panthers were in need of another wide receiver this offseason after deciding not to re-sign Louis Murphy. Murphy, coincidentally, signed with the Giants earlier this offseason.
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