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Panthers Officially Cut 18 Players

The Carolina Panthers have begun the process of trimming their roster down to 53 players. Here’s the list of roster cuts up to this point:

  1. CB Zack Sanchez
  2. RB Brandon Wegher
  3. DT Eric Crume
  4. TE Eric Wallace
  5. TE Marcus Lucas
  6. DE Arthur Miley
  7. WR Keyarris Garrett
  8. G David Yankey
  9. S Marcus Ball
  10. LB Brian Blechen
  11. S Travell Dixon
  12. TE Beau Sandland
  13. RB Jalen Simmons
  14. DT Robert Thomas
  15. DE Larry Webster
  16. CB Lou Young
  17. S Stevie Brown
  18. DT Kyle Love

Other roster moves include:

  • LB Ben Jacobs, WR Kevin Norwood, OT Jordan Rigsbee (Injured Reserve)

Yankey, 24, is a former fifth-round pick of the Vikings back in 2014. He was unable to make their 53-man roster coming out of the preseason this year, but was later signed to their practice squad where he remained for the entire 2015 season.

The Panthers signed him to a future/reserve contract back in January.

Yankey has yet to appear in an NFL game.

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Sanchez, 22, was taken in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft at No. 141 overall. He signed a four-year, $2.6 million contract with the Panthers and stands to make a base salary of $450,000 for the 2016 season.

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Brown, 29, is a former seventh-round pick of the Raiders back in 2010. He bounced around a bit at the start of his career playing for the Raiders, Panthers and Colts before eventually signing on with the Giants in 2012.

After two years with the Giants, Brown signed a one-year deal with the Texans in April of last year. However, Houston cut him loose coming out of the preseason.

The Giants, who were in need of some safety help at the time, elected to bring Brown back for a just over a week before they released him at the start of the season.

Brown wound up signing a one-year, $760,000 deal with the Chiefs back in April before he was cut loose a couple of weeks ago. Carolina brought him in just a few days ago.

In 2014, Brown appeared in all 16 games for the Giants last season and recorded 38 tackles, one sack, and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 47 safety out of 87 qualifying players that year.