Carolina Panthers cut veteran DB Chris Gamble
The Carolina Panthers have released defensive back Chris Gamble to get under the salary cap.
“I appreciate the contributions of Chris during my first two years as head coach and to the organization for many years,” said coach Ron Rivera in a press release from the Panthers official site. “He always handled things the right way and we wish him the best.”
The soon-to-be 30-year-old Gamble was the Panthers first round draft pick in the 2004 draft out of Ohio State and played the following nine seasons for Carolina. He was scheduled to earn $7.9 million next season.
In his career with Carolina Gamble had a franchise record 117 regular-season starts 27 interceptions for conrnerbacks. He also recorded 84 passes defended and 558 tackles.
Last season, Gamble was put on the injured reserve after he went down in Week 4 with a season ending shoulder injury.
According to the Charlotte Observer, NFL teams had a deadline on Tuesday to get below the $123 million salary cap. The release of Gamble puts the Panthers about $4 million below that number.