CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The Carolina Panthers released special teams member Ben Jacobs on Monday and then hired him back on the staff in a coaching capacity.
Ron Rivera called the linebacker and asked him if he'd consider becoming a coach. Jacobs was going to be a free agent this offseason.
"It was surprising when I got that call",said Jacobs.
"My initial thought was that I'm not done playing yet but then the more I thought about and talked to people around the league, it became the only decision that made sense."
Chase Blackburn, a former Panther himself, is the special teams coordinator.
"I think it was a very good decision for Ben."
The Browns signed Jacobs after he went undrafted in 2011.
Jacobs played in every game for the Panthers for four years and had a team-best six special team tackles last year.