Now that the Carolina Panthers have placed the franchise tag on defensive end Greg Hardy, re-signed kicker Graham Gano to a four-year deal and have announced the retirement of offensive tackle Jordan Gross, they want to take care of two more of their players.
According to David Newton of ESPN.com, the Panthers want to re-sign free safety Mike Mitchell and wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.
The question is whether Mitchell will remain at free safety or return to strong safety with Charles Godfrey expected back after a season-ending Achilles injury. Mitchell moved to free safety after Godfrey was injured in the second game, and the defense only got better from there.
Of Carolina’s three free-agent receivers — Ginn, Brandon LaFell and Domenik Hixon — Ginn makes the most sense because he is the team’s leading kick returner and a deep threat for quarterback Cam Newton.
Mithcell had 67 tackles, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles last season.
Ginn caught 36 passes for 556 yards and five touchdowns.