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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Panthers add TE Ben Hartsock

By Pat Yasinskas

The Carolina Panthers continue to make lots of noise. This one’s not as big as DeAngelo Williams or Charles Johnson, but ESPN.com's John Clayton reports veteran tight end Ben Hartsock has agreed to a two-year deal.

This move comes just after the Panthers let Jeff King walk to Arizona through free agency. Think of Hartsock as a similar version of King. He’s not going to catch a lot of passes, but he’s a solid run-blocker. He’s played for the Jets, Falcons, Titans and Colts.

The Panthers already added Jeremy Shockey to be their pass-catching tight end, but Hartsock should get plenty of playing time as a blocker.