Kicker Graham Gano gave the Panthers a leg up on special teams last season.

Now he's set to do the same for seasons to come.

Gano, coming off his best season as a pro, re-signed with the Panthers on Friday through the 2017 season. He was among 21 players on last year's roster that could have become unrestricted free agents when the new league year ends March 11.

"The special teams unit was a large part of our success last year, and we are excited to keep Graham as a part of our team," head coach Ron Rivera said. "Graham has shown range and accuracy in his field goal kicking, and his strong leg has been a weapon for us on kickoffs."

Gano, in his fifth NFL season – his first full season with the Panthers – made a career-best 88.9 percent of his field goals, connecting on 24-of-27 kicks while making all 42 on his extra points.