The agent for Chase Blackburn says the former New York Giants linebacker has agreed on a two-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. Financial terms weren't released. Richard Katz said Wednesday his client is "thrilled" to join the Panthers. Blackburn broke the news on Twitter, writing "Thanks for 8 great yrs (at)Giants. But it's time for the (hash)nextchapter (at)Panthers."|||||||
Blackburn has primarily been a special teams player during his eight seasons with the Giants, but started 15 games last season at middle linebacker and had 64 tackles, three sacks and one interception. It's unclear if Blackburn can break into a starting lineup in Carolina that includes AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis. Blackburn has played in 113 games during his career and stared 36.
The New York Giants signed Chase Blackburn on Wednesday after placing offensive tackle Will Beatty on injured reserve.|||||||
The signing on Wednesday brings Blackburn back to the team he played for from 2005 through last season, starting 17 of 93 games. He was a free agent after the lockout and no one signed him. Blackburn led the Giants in special teams tackles in each of his six seasons. He also started games at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker.
Blackburn seems to have recovered from a freakish accident after Sunday's night game.|||||||
Blackburn was cleaning his ear with a cotton swab when he was bumped by a reporter. The swab nearly ruptured his ear drum and the linebacker dropped to the floor. Blackburn's ear bled and his temporarily lost hearing. The backup linebacker has little fantasy value.
Blackburn has been placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants, bringing his 2005 campaign to an end. The rookie linebacker had to be carted off the field last weekend after suffering a sprained neck. He will be replaced on the roster by Kevin Lewis.|||||||
Blackburn had been filling in for the injured Antonio Pierce. He finishes the year with 31 tackles and one interception, which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
Blackburn was carted off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins. The Giants' linebacker, who earlier in the game had an interception return for a touchdown, was diagnosed with a sprained neck and taken for X-rays.|||||||
Blackburn was making his second career start, replacing the injured Antonio Pierce.