When he let a ball slip through his hands in the 2010 season opener at the new Meadowlands Stadium, Panthers long snapper J.J. Jansen said he did not want to get his name in the newspaper because it meant he did something wrong.
Jansen has avoided any publicity since then – until Wednesday when the Panthers announced they re-signed Jansen to a four-year contract extension. The extension follows a mistake-free 2011 season for Jansen, who has not had any issues with his snaps since the game against the Giants in Sept., 2010.
Jansen, the Panthers’ snapper since being traded from Green Bay for a conditional draft pick in 2009, was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent when the league year ends March 13.
In addition to Jansen, the Panthers also re-signed linebacker Jason Phillips to a one-year extension. Phillips, who would have been a restricted free agent, was claimed off waivers from Baltimore in September.
Phillips, a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2009, played in four games and made three tackles for the Panthers last season before injuring his calf.
The moves leave the Panthers with 11 potential free agents, including five starters from 2011 – tight end Jeremy Shockey, guard Geoff Hangartner, receiver Legedu Naanee and linebackers Dan Connor and Jordan Senn.