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February 25, 2009

Panthers release Hackett, Bridges, Goings (updated)

The Panthers have  just announced that they've released wide receiver D.J. Hackett, offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges and running back Nick Goings.

The three moves saved the Panthers just under $4.5 million on their 2009 salary cap -- ($2.375 million savings for Bridges, $1.2825 million for Hackett and $820,000 for Goings).

The status of cornerback Ken Lucas remains uncertain. There has been speculation that he could be released or traded, which would create another $2.375 million in cap space.

 More on this soon.

-- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on February 25, 2009 at 12:34 PM | Permalink


The end for Nick Goings?
He was a hard-working Panther

Posted by: atm | Feb 25, 2009 12:47:48 PM

I can see Goings, but I just don't know that we'll be able to replace what Bridges or Hackett can do at their best for anywhere close to the money they would have cost. Still, though, I guess we needed to find the cap space somewhere.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 25, 2009 12:50:49 PM

We all knew that Hackett was a goner.

And Bridges, with his troubles outside of Panthers, was sure to go.

Now Goings, for less than a Million, I don't get it.

Posted by: SSGPat | Feb 25, 2009 12:56:22 PM

Bridges being gone just means he'll get arrested in another NFL city soon.

Posted by: BillyMac | Feb 25, 2009 12:59:12 PM

It's pretty obvious why Goings is going. He had so many missed tackles and was responsible for so many errors in special teams, some of which resulted in blocked punts earlier in the season. Remember those? Yeah, there were several of them... and I would always hear Nick Goings' name involved in it somehow.

Posted by: Zach | Feb 25, 2009 1:00:36 PM

Bridges was a goner because of arrests and what not. Hackett barely played, so I get it. But cutting Goings saves them next to nothing and he was our most blue collar player. He never complained, even about not seeing the field when he rushed for 100 yards in 8 consecutive games.

Posted by: Justin | Feb 25, 2009 1:01:09 PM

I thin k they released Goings because DeCori Birmingham looked good as a 3rd RB last year in training camp. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him for the season. Now let's restructure Delhomme's contract and trade Peppers.

Posted by: Jared | Feb 25, 2009 1:03:35 PM

Sorry but maybe it's just me but I have no issues with Bridges since he was more trouble then playmaker and Hackett was injury prone and not worth the investment any long. I liked Goings though and will miss him, he was the example of the guy you root for who from time to time picked up a big yard or two. Best of luck to all involved.

Posted by: Orange Chuck | Feb 25, 2009 1:15:47 PM

Well now that Hackett is gone, we better see Jarrett get more opportunity next year. The guy has shown some flashes, and is in his third season. Put him out there Fox and either let him shine or prove he's a bust.

Posted by: Michael | Feb 25, 2009 1:21:16 PM

I think that's exactly why mgm't cut Goings...he could be used to fill in a rookie from the draft and we're already deep in the RB position. Plus, with D. Birmingham still in the picture, that's an opportunity to bring him in for the same price we're paying goings and see how he does.

Bridges and Hackett were no brainers. With Dwayne Jarrett in the picture with the WR corp, there was no point in keeping Hackett. Again, the move is to create space for the upcoming draft picks. Bridges is a ticking time bomb waiting to happen, and it's better to cut him now than later.

I just wish mgm't would make a quick decision on K. Lucas. Perhaps, they're negotiating a deal to lower his cap to keep him on the team and put him as a reserve. If that's the case, then I wouldn't mind keeping K. Lucas; otherwise, sayornara.

Posted by: Kenneth | Feb 25, 2009 1:26:09 PM

NOOOOOO not Bridges! Now who is going to do the CPI commercials that are on every 2 minutes?

Posted by: Mike | Feb 25, 2009 1:32:46 PM

I hate to see Goings being released. Maybe he should hang up the cleats and not take the chance of getting anymore concussions. I loved the guy but the number of concussions he has had had me worrying for him beyond the field.

Posted by: O-Liner | Feb 25, 2009 1:34:44 PM

hackett was a no brainer, bridges more for his off the field issues. Going was a good guy, but also was a 31 third string rb. why pay him 800K, when you can pay some rook to play special teams for less.

Posted by: flipster | Feb 25, 2009 1:48:15 PM

Goings had outlived his usefulness here and was a liability on STs last year.

Posted by: Authority | Feb 25, 2009 1:49:19 PM

I think the Bridges move hurts the most, but his legal issues may sealed the deal

Posted by: matt | Feb 25, 2009 1:54:39 PM

Bridges was a valuable reserve that could play both tackle and guard. Why not sign him to an extension with a more cap friendly number this year??? Big deal the guy got arrested for a misdemeanor warrant that was taken out by the alleged victim. People lie to magistrates every day all across the state. With Hangartner more than likely gone to free agency our depth and more importantly our versatile depth on the offensive line is now gone. If the Panthers need to clear some cap space they need not look further than Joke Gohomme’s huge 11 million cap number. Restructure his and Lucas’ contracts to fit their below average performances and the cap problems should be solved.

Posted by: J Thomas | Feb 25, 2009 3:20:20 PM

Jared, Birmingham wasn't hurt. He just wasn't versatile enough to make the team. That's why he was on the practice squad (healthy) all year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 25, 2009 6:41:32 PM

After the hit Goings took from Titupu in the NFC Champ.loss he was never quite the same. A great team player, who did what he was asked to do, but lately far less effectively and frankly, as mentioned, often missing the important assignments. He still was thought well of by the players, and very quiet whether he sat or played. I wish him well!

Posted by: gmonet | Feb 25, 2009 6:58:53 PM

I always hate to see good guy, Panther stalwarts like Nick Goings go. But he is starting to get up in years, and demonstrated pretty clearly a couple of years ago that he didn't have what it took to be a full-time back, even for a few games. Thanks for all the hard work over the years, Nick, and good luck wherever you end up next.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Feb 26, 2009 3:37:19 PM

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