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Prospect of signing Ted Ginn excites Panthers coach Ron Rivera

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Ted Ginn could end up with the Panthers, which pleases Carolina coach Ron Rivera. (USATSI)

The Carolina Panthers met with wide receiver Ted Ginn this week, and the team was reportedly so smitten with Ginn that the free agent left town with a contract offer.

“Ted came in and did a nice job. I know our guys really spoke highly of his visit,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday. “The interesting thing about Ted is he gives us some depth at wide receiver who can challenge for playing time opportunity. But also he's got special teams value, which is big.”

Ginn, 27, has six career kick returns -- three on kickoffs, three on punts -- for touchdowns since being a first-round draft pick of the Dolphins out of Ohio State in 2007. But Rivera also plans to incorporate Ginn in the offense, if he does end up signing with the Panthers.

“He's an explosive guy coming off the line of scrimmage, too,” Rivera said. “So there's some huge pluses for us as far as hoping to be able to bring a guy like that into the fold.”

Ginn's best season as a receiver came in 2008 with Miami, when he caught 56 passes for 790 yards and two touchdowns.

He has been decidedly less effective as a receiver in three seasons with the 49ers, totaling just 33 receptions and a score.

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