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November 12, 2013

Panthers release Sione Fua one week after position change

The Panthers released Sione Fua one week after they moved him from defensive line to offensive guard.

Fua, a third-year player out of Stanford, was waived Tuesday by Carolina. No corresponding move was announced.

Up until last week, Fua was a defensive tackle deep in the team’s rotation. With injuries to Chris Scott and Jeff Byers on the offensive line, the Panthers moved Fua to guard. He was active for the San Francisco game on Sunday but did not play.

Fua started 11 games at defensive tackle his rookie year. In 2012 he had one start in 13 appearances. The Panthers cut Fua before the start of this season but brought him back in mid-September as insurance with a hamstring injury to defensive tackle Dwan Edwards.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 12, 2013 at 06:48 PM | Permalink


i get that edwards being back makes him expendable.....and this seems like a more business than not move.....but you hate to see a guy doing what needs doing for the team, get let go this late in the year without a significant reason being apparent.

if a reason becomes apparent, that's different. Is there a veteran guard coming through the door tomorrow?

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 12, 2013 7:36:32 PM

and still do not understand the fact they let Beason go as well......

Posted by: sc | Nov 12, 2013 8:40:04 PM

To SC...Beason asked to traded. His role was diminished and it was beneficial for both parties to go in a different direction. I have not seen any drop off in defense since his departure and he has helped the Giants quite a bit.

Curious, however, about the timing of the Fua release.

Posted by: wes mantooth | Nov 12, 2013 9:07:30 PM

Sign Jonathan Martin !

Posted by: BlueCity704 | Nov 12, 2013 9:42:42 PM

Could this be the move that brings the recently released Ed Reed to the Carolina Panthers?

Posted by: Fan In Oregon | Nov 12, 2013 9:46:11 PM

There's a story behind this report somewhere. Too bad we don't have any reporters motivated to do more than rehash Panthers press releases here in Charlotte.

Posted by: Authority on Everything | Nov 12, 2013 9:57:32 PM

Gettleman makes football decisions, that's what a GM is suppose to do, he clearly believes there's another player he can add to the roster that helps the team more than Fua. Hopefully, it's a guard.

Posted by: Kenny | Nov 13, 2013 1:54:49 AM

Dave Gettleman is MVP,that simple!! Beason didn't ask to be traded and I qoute"They may have pulled the trigger to fast when they traded me to NY"!It's a business 1st then a sport.

Posted by: 93Panther | Nov 13, 2013 6:40:22 AM

Another huge game next week and in a prime time slot, Ron the Patriots beat Carolina in the only superbowl appearance they`ve
attended.Jerry remembers this still today and nothing would make him happier than for you to dominate and win this game in
front of the home crowd , Huddle the coaching staff together and win this one for the old man ,JR want forget it.

Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 13, 2013 7:33:22 AM

I think this move had to do more with them being comfortable with Nate chandler hangartner until Gary Williams is ready to come back

Posted by: MrTmoney1993 on YouTube | Nov 13, 2013 9:02:10 AM

gettleman is penny pinching. and it's not dumb at all, just seems a bit excessive. the guy is probably going to be resigned next week when edwards gets hurt again or hangartner looks too out of shape or something.

it's the kind of move that saves some bucks off the payroll but has guys thinking twice about resigning here when fua is out there laying it on the line all the same, gets 1 or 2 game checks, gets cut, gets resigned gets 1-2 game checks, gets cut, etc.

ed reed is not coming here unless all 4 safeties go down this week.

and beason asked to be traded when they told him he wasn't going to start anymore. they could have been more patient than they were. he's looked great for the giants. i don't have a problem with trading him, I have a problem with the value we got. i know his deal can void after this one, but there's negotiating leverage in the deal. he will very likely resign with NYG unless they draft a stud middle linebacker. the guy should have been at LEAST a late 3rd or early 4th, not a conditional late rounder. that's the problem.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2013 10:18:25 AM

Fua was cut because he can't play another Hurney bust. Beason at least you got something and more salary cap flexibility.

Posted by: steve | Nov 13, 2013 10:40:33 AM

"another hurney bust" that gettleman brought back twice.

like all of those busts that are out there 6-3 right now too huh? like all those busts that went 7-9 last year despite having the #10 defense and #12 offense. lost 7 games on one play/coaching gaff each. you anti-hurney guys are absolutely delusional thinking he was the problem the last 2 years. the same guys are winning now.

we did clear some cap room in the beason deal.....over a million for sure, no more than 2. considering how much we invested in the guy the giants are getting a free ride. we replaced his roster spot, so that cost at least the minimum. but you can't replace him with what we were given in return OR the cap room. the silver lining is that klein looked great sunday.

kind of coincidental that the giants went from 0-6 to 3-6.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2013 11:46:13 AM

All my picks are gone. I sucked as a GM.

Posted by: Marty Hernia | Nov 13, 2013 4:39:58 PM

To clear up any confusion. Beason never asked to be traded. He met with Rivera and told him he is still capable of being a starter. Rivera disagreed and talked with Gettlemen and they traded him. Rivera plays favorites whether you're good or not (i.e. - Playing Tolbert and Stewart more than DeAngelo, starting Naanee as the #2, playing Hartsock over Barnidge and countless coaching appointments he made just because he is their friend.)

Posted by: Greg | Nov 13, 2013 5:53:43 PM

@Marty Hernia - Your picks aren't all gone. We still have Thomas Davis, Jordan Gross, Luke Kuechly, Brandon LaFell, DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Charles Godfrey. I can go on if you would like.

Posted by: Greg | Nov 13, 2013 5:55:05 PM

18/25 current starters.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 13, 2013 8:12:10 PM

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