Panthers Trade For Green Bay Packers Long Snapper J.J. Jansen

Eric QuackenbushSenior Analyst IApril 13, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - 2008:  J.J. Jansen of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Getty Images)

The Jason Kyle era in Carolina may be coming to a close soon, as the Panthers traded an unconditional seventh-round draft pick in 2011 to the Packers on Monday in order to acquire the services of Packers' long snapper J.J. Jansen.

Jansen, a free agent rookie with the Packers in '08, spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury in the preseason.

At 6-foot-2, 256 pounds, Jansen was a long snapper for Notre Dame, and was the long snapper for his final three seasons with the Irish.

"He was going to be their long snapper as a rookie last year and he got hurt," said Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. "He tore his ACL in training and they signed another player who did well in his place."

The Panthers' current long snapper, Jason Kyle, who spent the last eight seasons in Carolina and has never botched a snap in a regular season contest, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

While there is still the possibility that the Panthers could re-sign Kyle, the issue once again, is the fact that the Panthers really have no space under the salary cap because of the $17 million that the team has tied up in Julius Peppers.