For Panthers, Special Teams Overhaul Continues

Mike SpringerContributor IMarch 11, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints looks to make a catch against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Panthers, looking to bolster their underperforming special teams unit, are discussing a possible trade to acquire cornerback Marcus Hudson from the San Francisco 49ers

The 27-year-old North Carolina State alum racked up a career-high 24 special teams tackles with the 49ers in '09, second most on the team.

In his five years with the 49ers, Hudson has made 68 tackles and forced one fumble.

If acquired, the five-year veteran would join former Jets special-teamer Wallace Wright as part of the Panthers’ revamped special teams unit.

The Panthers began their special teams overhaul two months ago, when special teams coordinator Danny Crossman was replaced by strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Rodgers.

Under Crossman, the Panthers finished second to last in the NFL on kickoff returns in 2009 and have also not returned a kickoff for a touchdown since 2003.

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