Panthers Granting WR Russell Shepard Release After He Refused Pay Cut



Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers will grant WR Russell Shepard his release after he refused to take a pay cut to be back in Carolina for the 2018 season.

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According to David Newton of ESPN, the Panthers have asked WR Russell Shepard to take a pay cut to be back with the team. However, Newton says that indications are that Shepard will decline to do so, which likely will lead to his release.

Shepard, 27, wound up signing on with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of LSU back in 2013. He lasted just a few months with the Eagles before he was waived and later claimed by the Buccaneers.

The Panthers signed to a three-year, $10 million contract last year and he’s set to make base salaries of $2.3 million and $2.85 million over the final two years of the agreement.

In 2017, Shepard appeared in 15 games for the Panthers and caught 17 passes for 202 yards receiving and one touchdown. He also rushed for 19 yards and totaled 65 kick return yards for Carolina.

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