CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Mike Rucker plans to return to the Carolina Panthers next season.
After spending more than a month contemplating his future, the defensive end said Monday he's decided against retirement and hopes the Panthers want him back.
``I'm just going off the way my body feels and the way my heart feels,'' Rucker said. ``At the end of the day, I still have that drive and I still have something to offer.''
He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month.
Rucker said he has yet to talk to coach John Fox and general manager Marty Hurney about his decision to return.
``I don't think we ever want to do anything through the media, so we don't know anything until we sit down and talk to him,'' Hurney said. ``We'll sit down with Mike and we'll go from there.''

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