Scratch one punter off the Panthers’ list.
Former Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger, who had preliminary contract talks with the Panthers, agreed to terms with Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
The Panthers have to replace Brad Nortman, who signed a four-year, $8.8 million deal with the Jaguars on the first day of free agency.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this week at the NFL annual meetings he wants to bring in someone to compete with Swayze Waters, the former CFL punter who signed with Carolina last month.
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A league source said Carolina had discussed contract parameters with Anger, drafted in the third round in 2012 ahead of such players as Russell Wilson, Josh Norman, Olivier Vernon and Mohamed Sanu.
Anger, 27, has a career average of 46.8 yards per punt, second behind Shane Lechler among active punters. Anger’s net average is 40.5 yards, compared to Nortman’s 38.9-yard net average during four seasons with the Panthers.
“You want really a guy like Brad to a degree that is going to be able to do things we’re looking to do and build within the framework,” Rivera said Monday. “You want a guy that’s going to kick the ball somewhere in the 40s with a four-and-a-half-second hang time and go from there.”
Rivera said the Panthers have discussed free agent punters, as well those available in the draft. New assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey has attended a couple of punting camps to scout prospects, Rivera said.