Panthers sign long snapper Jansen to extension

Carolina Panthers' Graham Gano (9) is congratulated by Greg Olsen (88) and J.J. Jansen (44). (Mike McCarn/AP)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they have signed long snapper J.J. Jansen to a five-year contract extension.

Terms of the deal were not released on Wednesday.

Jansen has only had one bad snap since joining the Panthers in the 2009 season — that coming in the 2010 season opener against the New York Giants. Jansen has a current streak of more than 600 successful snaps.

Special teams co-ordinator Bruce DeHaven told the team’s website on Wednesday that the 30-year-old Jansen "earned" the extension.

"He affects the entire special teams," DeHaven says. "He’s got some size, he’s very smart and he’s got a lot of leadership ability. I can’t say enough great things about him."

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