Chase Blackburn, who started 15 games for the Giants at middle linebacker last season, has found a new home. The 29-year-old Blackburn agreed to sign with the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, he announced on his Twitter account (@Blackburn5793). An unrestricted free agent, he had already been replaced by the Giants when they signed free agent linebacker Dan Connor last week. “Thanks for 8 great yrs @Giants,” Blackburn Tweeted. “But it’s time for the #nextChapter @Panthers. Excited for the new opportunity.” That the new opportunity comes in Carolina is hardly a surprise, since the Panthers new GM is former Giants executive Dave Gettleman. Blackburn had also drawn early interest in free agency from the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants had expressed a mild interest in retaining Blackburn, but only for a one-year, minimum salary deal. According to an NFL source, Blackburn got a two-year deal from Carolina.