The 6-week-old son of former Panthers WR Rae Carruth was released from a Charlotte hospital Friday.

Chancellor Lee Adams was released to the mother of Cherica Adams, who was Carruth's girlfriend and pregnant when fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting Nov. 16. Carruth and three other men are charged in her slaying.

Adams's mother, Saundra, has temporary custody of the baby, who was delivered 10 weeks prematurely after Adams was shot.

She died Dec. 14.

DNA tests released Thursday confirmed Carruth is the baby's father.

A judge ordered Carruth's assets frozen except for $35,000, which he can use to help pay for lawyers.

Prosecutors allege Carruth arranged the killing. They plan to seek the death penalty.

JETS OFFER BIG MONEY: The Jets have offered CB Marcus Coleman a multiyear deal averaging nearly $4 million per season, according to published reports.

The Star-Ledger of Newark and Newsday reported the offer, which would make Coleman the highest-paid defensive back on the team.

Coleman's agent, Jimmy Sexton, met with the team in Miami last Monday, and both parties are making progress, the newspapers reported, citing a source close to the negotiations.

Team spokesman Frank Ramos would say only that the Jets are negotiating with Coleman. Sexton could not be reached immediately for comment.

Coleman, 25, will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

He is tied for the team lead in interceptions with five, including a 98-yard return for a touchdown of a pass by Dan Marino in the Jets' 38-31 victory over the Dolphins last Monday night.