Bates returns with low-money, high-upside deal

Updated: March 25, 2002, 3:41 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Four-time Pro Bowl special teams standout Michael Bates, released by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago, is headed back to the scene of his greatest accomplishments.


Bates, 32, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, for whom he played five seasons, a period during which he became a Pro Bowl fixture. He will sign a one-year contract for $750,000 as the Panthers take advantage of a new rule that grants a team a salary cap break when it signs long-time ...

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