Chase heads to Carolina

March, 27, 2013
3/27/13
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One of Perry Fewell's most beloved players is joining Dave Gettleman in Carolina.

[+] EnlargeChase Blackburn
Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesChase Blackburn is the second linebacker to leave the Giants this offseason.
Chase Blackburn, who had the big interception in Super Bowl XLVI, tweeted he is going to sign with the Panthers. A source confirmed the signing, which will be a two-year deal.

"Thanks for 8 great yrs @Giants," Blackburn tweeted. "But it's time for the #nextChapter @Panthers. Excited for the new opportunity. Where all the Panther fans at"

Blackburn was the starting middle linebacker for the Giants last season, but he had to find a new home after the Giants signed linebacker Dan Connor.

The 6-foot-4 linebacker will join Gettleman, who left his post as director of pro personnel with the Giants to become the Panthers' general manager. Blackburn started a total of 19 games in the past two seasons. He had 64 tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception last season, which was his eighth season with the Giants.

Blackburn is the second starting linebacker who will not return for this season. The Giants released Michael Boley in a cap-cutting move in February.

The Giants currently have Connor, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Mathias Kiwanuka at linebacker. Kiwanuka, though, likely could move back to defensive end full time this coming season.
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