Panthers LB Jacobs trades in uniform for headset

Panthers linebacker Ben Jacobs was released by the Panthers, and then signed on as a coach for the team. (Getty)

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.