Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Longtime Carolina kicker John Kasay will retire as a Panther after signing a one-day contract with the club on Tuesday.
Kasay became one of the most productive kickers in NFL history while spending 16 of his 21 seasons with the Panthers. He did not play in 2012 after leaving Carolina for New Orleans in 2011.
One of the first unrestricted free agents signed by the Panthers during the franchise's inaugural 1995 season, Kasay played in a franchise-record 221 games with Carolina and holds more than 20 team records, including points scored (1,482) and field goals made (351).
"When we came to Charlotte, our oldest son was about six weeks old," Kasay said. "To be able to watch your family grow, not only in number, but also in stature, it gives us a long-range perspective on as blessed as we were and have been by (owner) Mr. (Jerry) Richardson to be able to come live in this community, this city, and really the North Carolina and South Carolina region that has been so good to our family and has given way more to us than we've ever given back."
Kasay, who began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1991, ranks sixth in NFL history for field goals made (461), while his 81.9 percent field goal percentage ranks fifth all-time for those with a minimum of 500 attempts.