Mangum retires; played 126 games for Panthers

Updated: February 28, 2007, 4:25 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tight end Kris Mangum, who ranks third in Carolina Panthers history with 126 games played, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Mangum, who turns 34 in August, played in 15 games in 2006, but started only five. He caught 21 passes for 170 yards and one touchdown and saw time on special teams despite battling foot and hip injuries.

He trails only John Kasay (156) and safety Mike Minter (148) in games played, but may have had trouble making the 2007 squad. Carolina is looking to find pass-catching tight ends under new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson, and Mangum is primarily a blocker.

Mangum was selected by Carolina in the seventh round of the 1997 draft from Mississippi.

Mangum started a career-high 11 games in Carolina's Super Bowl season in 2003. He had 154 catches for 1,424 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 seasons with the Panthers.

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