Report: Domenik Hixon set to visit Panthers on Monday

4/1/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Carolina Panthers could be essentially swapping players at the No.3 wide receiver position with the New York Giants this offseason if free agent Domenik Hixon’s visit with the Carolina Panthers goes well on Monday.
Earlier this month, former wideout Louis Murphy signed a one year contract with the New York Giants. The Carolina Panthers signed former New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn five days ago and now their interest has wandered to Domenik Hixon. The Carolina Panthers already have Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell entrenched at the starting spots so Domenik Hixon will fall behind them as the third receiver on the depth chart.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera could also have some interest in using Domenik Hixon as another returning option on kickoffs.
Domenik Hixon spent his entire NFL career with the New York Giants, mostly in a reserve role, and was on the franchise’s two Super Bowl winning teams. He has appeared in 61 games with 13 starts, while posting a career average of 13.8 yards-per-catch.
Last season, Domenik Hixon played 13 games with 3 starts, while amassing 39 receptions for 567 yards and two touchdowns.
The five-year veteran had hopes of returning with the New York Giants at the end of the 2012 season but the team considered Louis Murphy an upgrade over him, and so Domenik Hixon entered the 2013 wide receiver market as an unrestricted free agent.
"I talked to some guys who have left from here and the grass isn’t green on the other side," Domenik Hixon said back in January. "We’ll see what happens. It’s an exciting time though."
Domenik Hixon reportedly received an offer from the Detroit Lions earlier in free agency but he turned it down, following that visits with the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns. Both teams were said to have a “mild interest” in Domenik Hixon, who also made the Pittsburgh Steelers’ list this offseason.
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