Joe Webb impressed Panthers enough to bring him back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Webb no longer is on the Carolina Panthers' roster just to imitate quarterback Cam Newton.

Signed to a one-year deal last season to help play the role of Newton while the two-time Pro Bowl player recovered from offseason ankle surgery, Webb signed another one-year deal on Monday.

This time he did it with Newton healthier than he has been in several offseasons, which shows how much management came to like the quarterback/wide receiver.

"Joe gives us continuity at the quarterback position," coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "He is also a very versatile player. Not only has he played quarterback, but he has played wide receiver and on special teams, and gives us some depth there because of his athleticism and intelligence.

"We are very excited for him to continue to be part of what we’re trying to build here."

Webb will be the third quarterback behind Newton and Derek Anderson, who is entering the last year of his deal with Carolina. He cited the family atmosphere as important in his decision to re-sign.

"I didn’t know if I could get that somewhere else," Webb said.

Webb didn’t take a snap at quarterback during the regular season. He played in seven games as a wide receiver and on special teams. He had one catch for 16 yards and one tackle.

He is the second of Carolina’s 11 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents to re-sign. Defensive tackle Colin Cole re-signed last week.

The Panthers also are interested in re-signing tight end Ed Dickson. A league source said Dickson has drawn interest from a handful of teams. Dickson said after the season his preference was to return to Charlotte.