When Dave Gettleman was hired as the Panthers' general manager in January, most observers figured the former Giants executive would fill out his roster with former New York players.

That might not be far from the truth.

Five days after the Panthers signed ex-Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn, they will host free-agent wideout Domenik Hixon, according to a league source. Hixon would join the team Monday.

Hixon, 28, played five seasons with the Giants, mostly as a reserve.

Hixon, 6-foot-2 and192 pounds, caught 39 passes for 567 yards last season, his most prolific since a 43-reception season in 2008. Hixon has appeared in 61 games with 13 starts and a 13.8 yards-per-catch average.

He was part of two Super Bowl-winning Giants teams. He visited Oakland last week and also has drawn interest from Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

If he signs with Carolina, Hixon would replace Louis Murphy in what would amount to a swap of No.3 wideouts. Murphy, who held that role with the Panthers last season, recently signed with the Giants as a free agent.