Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay has signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him a Panther until 2012. Kasay, who is in the final year of his contract this year, has made all 16 of his field goal attempts and has made 21 straight dating back to last year, tying his personal best for consecutive field goals made.
Kasay is the last remaining original Panther and leads the team in all-time scoring with 1,217 points. His dedication to the team and to the community has made him a fan favorite over the course of his career in Carolina. Drafted in the 1991 draft in the fourth round by Seattle, Kasay spent four seasons as a Seahawk before coming to Carolina in their expansion season. His late game heroics have been a huge part of many comeback games for a team that has been affectionately nicknamed the “Cardiac Cats.”
The re-signing of Kasay leaves questions about Rhys Lloyd, the Panthers current kick off specialist. Many thought Lloyd was kept on the 53-man roster to be the heir apparent to Kasay after this year when his contract ran out. It is hard to believe the Panthers will keep two kickers on their roster until 2012.