Panthers strike one-year deal with WR Domenik Hixon
Domenik Hixon visited the Carolina Panthers on Monday and Tuesday, but left without getting a deal done. The 29-year-old Domenik Hixon also visited the Oakland Raiders during free agency and reportedly interest from the Cleveland Browns. The Detroit Lions also pursued Domenik Hixon with a contract on the table, but he turned down the Lions’ offer in search of better opportunities with other teams on the open market.
The move comes a week after the Carolina Panthers signed former New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn. The New York Giants and Carolina Panthers have been swapping players all offseason. Wide receiver Louis Murphy, who was not re-signed by the Carolina Panthers, joined the New York Giants as an unrestricted free agent earlier in free agency.
Domenik Hixon will essentially have a chance to replace Louis Murphy at the No.3 receiver spot in Carolina. However, Domenik Hixon will face competition for the job from recently signed Ted Ginn Jr., giving them plenty of experience on a young receivers group also featuring Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams and Armanti Edwards for the No.3 receiver spot.
Meanwhile, receivers Brandon LaFell and veteran Steve Smith are entrenched at the starting spots.
Domenik Hixon spent the past five seasons with the New York Giants, where he had his career-best season in 2008, playing all 16 games (with seven starts) to record 43 receptions for 596 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Last season, Domenik Hixon appeared in 13 games with three starts, finishing with 39 catches for 567 yards and two touchdowns.
Domenik Hixon bid farewell to the New York Giants and their fans via Twitter on Wednesday.
“Thank u to the giant organization and fans!!!” wrote Domenik Hixon. “I had a blast and was blessed to be with such a good organization for so many years!”
Before signing with the New York Giants in 2007, Domenik Hixon spent less than two and a half seasons for the Denver Broncos, who originally picked him out of Akron in the fourth-round of the 2006 NFL draft. However, Domenik Hikxon only appeared in four games for the Denver Broncos during that stretch.
In 61 career games (including 13 starts), Domenik Hixon, who is entering his eighth NFL season, amassed 102 receptions for 1,405 yards receiving and six touchdowns.