Muhammad's agent in discussions with Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Looking to get help for receiver Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers could bring back an old favorite.

Muhsin Muhammad
2007 statistics
Rec: 40

Yds: 570

Avg: 14.3

TD: 3

The agent for receiver Muhsin Muhammad said Monday that he's been in discussions with the Panthers and a few other teams. Muhammad was released by the Chicago Bears last week.

Muhammad was Carolina's second-round draft pick in 1996. He spent nine seasons with the Panthers before being released in a salary-cap move.

Muhammad is a physical possession receiver who could complement the speedy, undersized Smith. But Muhammad has been plagued by drops in his career and turns 35 in May.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney could not be reached Monday. The Panthers normally don't comment on negotiations with players.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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