The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Jimmy
Clausen in a not much of a surprise move. The biggest surprise to me is that
the Carolina Panthers have released David Gettis. Other notable names released
by the Carolina Panthers are defensive tackle Sione Fua, cornerback Drayton
Florence, linebacker Jason Williams and safety D.J. Campbell.
I kind of thought Jimmy Clausen would be kept around as a third
quarterback because he had shown some improvement in the preseason. But the
Carolina Panthers decided to go with two quarterbacks in Derek Anderson and
some dude named Cam Newton.
While I tend to like having three quarterbacks on a roster I
do know that if you actually get down to that third guy, you are usually in bad
trouble anyway. I guess Armanti Edwards would be the emergency quarterback as
far as if one is needed in a game. If Cam Newton goes down for an extended time
look for Jimmy Clausen to be resigned by the Carolina Panthers. That is of
course if Clausen is not on another NFL roster.
Don't laugh because Jimmy Clausen may not be done in this
league. Some team may take a chance with him since he does have playing experience
and was somewhat highly thought of as a college quarterback. For those of you
who are rejoicing Jimmy Clausen being released, hey he did give us Cam Newton by
losing all those games.
I was blown away by the release of David Gettis on the
released/injury list. Gettis showed some signs of life in some of the preseason
games and I thought he earned a spot on a team with a very questionable receiving
unit other than Steve Smith.
Drayton Florence was touted as providing veteran leadership
and then didn't even make the team. The Panthers are clearly going young
(cheap?) at as many positions as they can. The team is clearing cap space to
Cam Newton and probably Greg Hardy's new contracts.
Here is the much awaited time that fans expect the Carolina
Panthers to sign one or more offensive lineman. The problem is teams don't cut
good offensive linemen and the Panthers may just stand pat with what they have
in place. Then when Cam Newton gets hurt they will wonder why they didn't get
him some better offensive linemen in the offseason.Still the Panthers may make
some moves as the team does like signing veteran players to one year deals at a