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July 30, 2012

Panthers cut Jyles Tucker after he leaves camp


Panthers free agent Jyles Tucker has been cut after the veteran linebacker/defensive end left training camp. Tucker played for Panthers coach Ron Rivera in San Diego, but was out of football last season after the Chargers released him.

“It was something he had to. So we'll leave it at that and go from there,” Rivera said Monday. “It was strictly a personal instance. There's nothing bad, nothing like that.”

Tucker's agent, David Canter, confirmed the move.

A team source said Tucker had discussed the possibility of retiring before reporting to camp.

Tucker, 28, signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $700,000 during the offseason, and was expected to add depth and versatility. Rivera recently mentioned Tucker as a player who could play outside linebacker when the Panthers line up in a 3-4.

The Panthers have not announced a corresponding roster move.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on July 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Permalink


Cut Mare! Pay Shockey!

Posted by: joe cool | Jul 30, 2012 12:51:25 PM

Nobody told me I had to practice in a Sauna. Spartanburg sure ain't the whale's vagina.

Posted by: Jyles Tucker | Jul 30, 2012 1:00:13 PM


Posted by: Godwin Ozoeneh | Jul 30, 2012 1:04:02 PM

For $700,000 I'd keep playing and not retire!

Posted by: Robert | Jul 30, 2012 1:04:15 PM

I was at camp yesterday medlock was booming 50 yard kicks each time right down the middle, and kicking kickoffs out of the back endzone. PLEASE GET RID OF MARE!!!!!

Posted by: Steven Efird | Jul 30, 2012 1:23:55 PM

$700,000........This guy would have made in one year what it takes most people to make in 20 years.

Posted by: Smitty | Jul 30, 2012 1:25:04 PM

you dont know what one is going through. its not always all about money. some rich people have a ton of it and still are unhappy in a lot of cases. if he's getting the league min. that means he had to have been already playing for more then that which means he probably has enough that he doesnt have to chase that $700,000. we all are looking at it different because we dont have it. but again will it buy you happiness.

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | Jul 30, 2012 1:35:35 PM

Use the money on Shockey...he was an excellent outlet for Cam when the deep ball was covered. Make it happen, Marty!

Posted by: Panther Dan | Jul 30, 2012 1:38:50 PM

As for Mare, he's just there to keep Medlock from wearing out his leg before the season starts. No chance he's on the roster come gameday. None. Zip. Zilch. He's done. Finished. Out.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Jul 30, 2012 1:41:00 PM

Whats the deal with Shockey??? Are they going to resign him or what??? Can we get a news update/article on Shockey and where he stands with the organization please?!

Posted by: Big Daddy | Jul 30, 2012 1:42:44 PM

We don't need Shockey. We have Olsen and Barnidge. And Tolbert!

Posted by: James | Jul 30, 2012 2:20:41 PM

Yea Joe, what about Shockey ???

Posted by: nasty704 | Jul 30, 2012 2:22:14 PM

For those talking about the pay, he is not really set to make that much. The agent gets 70K off the top. He has to pay federal tax, then State, and performance tax for each city they play, and depending on the location, county, city tax. Expenses while living in Charlotte, and maintaining a home in another locations, and it adds up. The pay is also for just season, prorated per game. The team doesn’t withhold taxes, it is up to each player to figure out the mess of each tax jurisdiction, and write a check in April. So 50% of this money is considered gone off the top, even with the weekly pay. This is how a lot of NFL guys, (Including a young Steve Smith); end up broke by the middle of the off season. They buy a new house, cars, spread cash around the family, then the accountant calls in April looking for a check for $490K to pay all the taxes.
Yeah, if it was you, me anyone one who works 40-60 hours a week, then we would put in a couple of season, by a simple home, and a couple of practical cars, and put the rest in the bank. But the more you make, the more you spend, and the more you are expected by family, to spend.
It’s still a good check, but if he’s been out of the game for a year, and is just now just hitting practice with guys younger, stronger, and faster, he may have realized it was indeed time to hang up the cleats.

Posted by: JC | Jul 30, 2012 2:52:46 PM

Hey, if a guy is going to quit on the team, I'd rather have them do it in training camp and free up the roster spot than to just sit around playing at 70% effort all season to collect the paycheck! We've seen that a time or two already!

Posted by: John | Jul 30, 2012 3:23:11 PM

Your post is better than what Scott writes. Let's replace Scott with you.

Posted by: KEVIN | Jul 30, 2012 3:26:41 PM

Man, I wish I could find someone willing to pay me 700K to play a game. I guess his heart wasn't into it.

Posted by: Sugarbugga | Jul 30, 2012 3:41:26 PM

Oh crap! There goes the Super Bowl!

Posted by: Ryan Kalil | Jul 30, 2012 4:01:21 PM

Hope he had his lap top locked up while he was with the Panthers, otherwise he may have lost it to the Lap Top fairy

Posted by: TudeDude | Jul 30, 2012 4:14:29 PM

Not saying that NFL players don't make a lot of money, 'cause they do. But anyone who says "I wish someone would pay me $700,000 to play a game" never saw an NFL team's injury report. Or read anything about how so many former players end up crippled or dying young. They are earning every penny in my book.

Personally, I'd rather earn my decidedly lower pay and still be able to remember my own name when I'm 45.

Posted by: GSO Cats Fan | Jul 30, 2012 4:20:43 PM


You are a tool and a troll.

Posted by: John | Jul 30, 2012 4:56:57 PM

I agree, cut Mare.

If you want to go to the post season, rid yourself of Olindo Mare.

Granted, the games were too close to rely on Olindo Mare to win the games for us, but when you call his number to go out there and win the game for you, you expect him to do that. He failed us 3 times in 2011. Not to mention other missed attempts.

Posted by: 2ndGenerationBulldog | Jul 30, 2012 5:26:45 PM

forget shockey,we need a couple of 3 technique def tackles.

Posted by: dazray | Jul 30, 2012 5:31:37 PM

Overrated and over confident. Cannot wait to see the mass exodus of band wagon jumpers when the real Panthers end up 6-10 this year.

Posted by: Cooter Stevens | Jul 30, 2012 6:29:13 PM

Speak for yourself Smitty...

Posted by: George Hanson | Jul 30, 2012 6:30:08 PM

the biggest reason you get rid of mare is because you can ALWAYS find a reliable mediocre kicker mid season. we should be on a search for the next elite kicker that could be with us for john kasay type longevity. You want kicker and punter to be the least of your worries not the most. give a young'n a chance and let him build. better now than next year.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 30, 2012 6:53:25 PM

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