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August 27, 2012

Panthers cut Olindo Mare

Olindo Mare's stint with the Panthers lasted only one season.

A year after the Panthers released popular place-kicker John Kasay and signed Mare, the Panthers have given Mare the boot, as well.

The Panthers released Mare and veteran punter Nick Harris on Monday in the first round of cuts, the team announced.

The Panthers signed Mare to a four-year, $12 million deal to handle both the placements and kickoffs to free a roster spot. Kasay, an original Panther, did not kick off in his last few seasons in Charlotte.

But Mare, 39, fell out of favor by missing two fourth-quarter field goals last season that cost the Panthers victories. He was booed throughout much of the preseason, and consistently came up short on field goals of 50 yards or more in training camp.

The move leaves Justin Medlock as the only kicker currently on the roster, although it's not clear if the Panthers intend to sign one of several veteran kickers who have been released. Medlock, 28, has attempted only two field goals in the NFL – as a rookie for Kansas City in 2007 – before spending several seasons in the CFL.

The Panthers also are going young at punter, although the decision to keep rookie Brad Nortman over Harris was not unexpected. The Panthers drafted Nortman in the sixth round out of Wisconsin to replace Jason Baker.

NFL teams needed to pare rosters to 75 today. The Panthers' moves included putting WR David Gettis (hamstring) on the reserve/PUP list and placing CB Brandon Hogan (knee) on injured reserve. Gettis will have to sit out the first six regular-season games.

The Panthers also released DE Eric Norwood, a fourth-round pick from South Carolina in 2010.

Their other cuts were all undrafted players: WRs Rico Wallace, Brenton Bersin, Michael Avila and Darvin Adams, RBs Josh Vaughan and Lyndon Rowells, TE Greg Smith, and guards Will Blackwell and Roger Allen.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 27, 2012 at 02:35 PM | Permalink


I wish all of those guys the best. And I hope we keep Medlock. He has a strong leg. He just needs to put the kickoff out of the endzone.

Posted by: PantherHead | Aug 27, 2012 2:40:53 PM

Brandon Hogan on IR again???

Posted by: DEW | Aug 27, 2012 2:47:06 PM

I am so glad we cut Mare. I thought Marty Hurney was so stupid he would sign him to a longer contract. Of course we should have kept Kasey in the first place!!! The other guys that got cut...wish you luck!!

Posted by: Realtree71 | Aug 27, 2012 2:51:26 PM

Any organization which would fire John Kasay doesn't deserve to win. He had put more points on the board in more clutch situations than any other Panther ever had. Next time you think kickers don't win games take a look at how differently last season's W's and L's would have looked had it not been for Mare's misses (not all at the last second by any stretch).

Posted by: agFinder | Aug 27, 2012 2:52:15 PM

I like Justin Medlock! His FG accuracy - and length - have been good. I think he can develop deeper kickoff skills as well.

Posted by: Cam_Rocks | Aug 27, 2012 2:53:35 PM

Another solid front office move, blah. We will never be winners until we get rid of that newspaper reporter of a GM.

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Posted by: James Warder | Aug 27, 2012 2:58:24 PM

Another one of Hurney's brilliant moves blows up in his face.....

Posted by: hotspur | Aug 27, 2012 2:58:41 PM

Hogan on IR AGAIN!!! Hurney draft day genius

Posted by: Robert | Aug 27, 2012 3:05:00 PM

Dissapointing to see that PRIVATE Munnerlyn wasn't cut today......

Posted by: Smitty | Aug 27, 2012 3:06:37 PM

Steven - Did Kuechly look good? Who drafted him? blah you

Posted by: Steven | Aug 27, 2012 3:10:54 PM

Bersin cut? What the hell? I thought he had the owner in his pocket?

Posted by: Leroy Watermelon | Aug 27, 2012 3:12:28 PM

Medlock better get stronger for kickoffs ONLY!I'm comin home boys!

Posted by: John Kasay | Aug 27, 2012 3:13:20 PM

Bring John Kasay back- give the organization come class again-

Posted by: John J Smith | Aug 27, 2012 3:16:47 PM

Bring in Neil "Nice" Rackers for a tryout...guy is AUTOMATIC.

Posted by: Man Up | Aug 27, 2012 3:20:55 PM

For those who keep bashing Marty Hurney, lets review his first round picks since 2001:
Dan Morgan, Julius Peppers, Jordan Gross, Chris Gamble, Thomas Davis, DeAngelo Williams, Jon Beason, Jonathon Stewart, Jeff Otah, Cam Newton & Luke Kuechly.

Morgan was everything we could've hoped for but turned out to be concussion prone. Peppers is still a star, just not here and that was largely his choice. Gamble's mediocre but I don't think he warrants being called a "bust". Only Jeff Otah really qualifies as a bust.

Even if we go ahead and declare both Gamble and Otah as "busts", that's an 81.8% success rate on the last 11 1st round picks. I'd take that record any day!

Posted by: John | Aug 27, 2012 3:39:17 PM

How in the world did Armanti not get cut? Also, Ajirotutu has been horrendous in preseason, yet he's on the field all the time. He needs to be cut as well unless they are just keeping him around for his special teams services. Sign Plaxico. Worse case, he can fill the #3 spot.even though Louis Murphy has looked good.

Posted by: sticky | Aug 27, 2012 3:42:48 PM

Private Munnerlyn? The guy deserves a field promotion for his spirit, hustle, and--yes--his play making.

Posted by: Caliban | Aug 27, 2012 3:43:50 PM

nice stat work John....just don't do that on the later round picks which is where the real jewels are found in the rough.....and we have picks like armanti and clausen.

i expect hurney to appease to the masses and cut armanti, the rioting mob is wanting to see him cast away one of these loser aside.

Posted by: juice box hero | Aug 27, 2012 3:44:10 PM


Don't worry about Armanti, they still have another round of cuts coming and somebody has to be around for that one!

As for Plaxico, Smitty has already publicly stated they don't need him, so bringing him in now would likely only create problems. If we are going to bring in another veteran, we need a good corner far more than a trouble-prone WR!

Posted by: John | Aug 27, 2012 3:47:41 PM

As for Marty Hurney, he should be able to pick first rounders. Now, let's take a look at 2 thru 7. Shall we discuss receivers? How about defensive tackles? Shall I continue??????

Posted by: Dave | Aug 27, 2012 3:53:47 PM

I hear TO is available.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | Aug 27, 2012 3:55:01 PM

All I tell you was there was more to the story on John Kasey than meets the eyes....

Posted by: Bill | Aug 27, 2012 3:58:11 PM

I don't care about any players' past as long as that was their "past" and they can contribute to this team. I love Smitty, but he's an idiot for thinking the WR's we have right now are anything more than sub-par after him. LaFell still has to step up and prove himself, Louis Murphy drops too many balls, and no one else is even worth mentioning (at least with Gettis hurt). I agree that we need a solid CB, but we also need a DE and WR. Why not try to get all three? One thing is for certain, we won't even have a chance to get better at those positions if we don't bring someone else in....this group isn't getting it done!

Posted by: sticky | Aug 27, 2012 3:59:07 PM

Dave, you're right on with WR and DT and Hurney. The best WR and DT have a big edge to them, and JR prefers puddy tats, so we get what we get.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 27, 2012 3:59:49 PM

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