The deadline to cut down to the final 53-man roster will come on Saturday afternoon and teams must make the difficult decisions to get them where they need to be. For the Carolina Panthers, that meant releasing veteran cornerback Drayton Florence, who was listed on the depth chart as the team’s starter.
Pro Football Talk initially reported Florence’s release.
Without Florence, Josh Norman will likely move in to the starting line up while Josh Thomas receives an expanded role.
Florence has spent ten years in the NFL with a number of teams – Chargers, Jaguars, Bills, and Lions — and it would not be a surprise to see him catch on elsewhere for one final run in the league, especially when you consider that he can come for a bargain price.
The former second-round pick Jimmy Clausen also received the ax from Carolina.
There was once a time that Clausen was considered the most NFL ready quarterback in his draft class, but the former Golden Domer never was able to find his stride in the NFL.