The Panthers have signed place-kicker Justin Medlock to a three-year contract to compete with veteran Olindo Mare.
Medlock will earn the minimum $390,000 this year, with base salaries of $480,000 and $570,000 set for 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to the NFLPA Web site.
Medlock replaces Adi Kunalic, who was waived today.
The Panthers signed Mare to a four-year, $12 million contract last summer after the lockout ended and released John Kasay, a member of the Panthers’ inaugural team who played with New Orleans after Carolina cut him.
The Panthers brought in Kunalic late last season after Mare missed two chip-shot, fourth-quarter field goals.
Medlock, 28, a fifth-round draft choice by Kansas City in 2007, made 1 of 2 field goals as a rookie before the Chiefs released him. He spent the last three years in the Canadian Football League.
Medlock, who played at UCLA, was a CFL All-Star last season after making 49 of 55 field goals with a long of 57 yards.
Medlock made seven field goals in one game last season. CFL kickers are allowed to use a kicking block, although Medlock kicked off the ground, according to his agent, Frank Murtha.
Murtha said Medlock heard from several NFL and CFL teams before signing with Carolina.
“He’s assuming that he’s going to compete with Olindo all the way through training camp,” Murtha said. “He was highly sought after as a CFL free agent. His own club wanted him back, and others. But he knows coming down to the Panthers that he’s going to have to compete with Olindo.”