Panthers Released Longtime Kicker Graham Gano

Graham Gano with Panthers in 2018. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Carolina Panthers’ new regime is showing no love for the franchise veterans. According to The Athletic‘s Joseph Person, Panthers have decided to release their longtime kicker Graham Gano.

Reportedly, Panthers’ decision was motivated by finances as cutting Gano will save them $2.8 million in the salary cap.

Panthers are now expected to move forward with Joey Slye as their starting kicker. Slye filled in when Gano was out with knee injury last season, showing enough promise for the organization to give him an advantage in 2020.

Graham Gano, on the other hand, is expected to have no issues landing another job at some point in the season as proven veteran kickers are always in demand. That is, of course, if he shows he’s healthy again. 

Gano joined Panthers’ in 2012, and has since played 98 games with the franchise. During that time, he made 85.5 percent of his field-goal attempts while boosting a 95.0 percent extra point conversion rate. 

Before coming to Carolina, Gano, who has one career Pro Bowl appearance, also played with United Football League and Washington.