Rhys Lloyd Returning to Carolina

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 23: Kicker Rhys Lloyd #5 of the Carolina Panthers watches play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 23, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

I’m not sure that it’s been made official yet — I suppose that until Lloyd actually signs his name on the line (and after working out for the team per his agent), it’s “not official,” but the official word from a couple of sources, is that placekicker Rhys Lloyd is on a plane for Charlotte, to sign with the Panthers.

On Sunday’s loss to the Giants, undrafted rookie free agent Todd Carter was unable to participate due to back spasms, thereby necessitating the need for a replacement — and much better — kickoff specialist. Since Lloyd was waived by the Minnesota Vikings, it only seems logical that Carolina re-signs him.

In the end, it saved the Panthers money to let Lloyd go, and the team will most likely sign him for a lot less than they would have had to pay him had they not released him.

You may view Lloyd’s boarding pass, which I submit as my only form of “solid” evidence.

The Charlotte Observer’s Darin Gantt, @daringantt, and Steve Reed, @carolinagrowl of the Gaston Gazette, both announced via Twitter, the same news.

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  • John

    I was wondering if they might do this. Kasay just can’t do it anymore. BTW next part of the youth movement needs to cover that position, this is ridiculous. Have to carry an extra kicker so that a guy whose limit gets shorter every play can stick is just poor planning and management IMO.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/blitzradio Eric Quackenbush

      FINALLY! Thank you! Someone who shares the same point of view as me, and is also a Panthers fan! Me thinks they should sign Lloyd, release Carter, and let Kasay keep doing his thing until the next exile of old-timers … er, old-timer.

      • John

        I’ve been on this for a couple of seasons. I like the guy and he should definitely be in any kind of hall of fame we have. But it’s over. You can’t tell me there are no young kickers who can both hit FGs and kick off convincingly. Kasay used to.

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