The Panthers announced they have released CB Eli Apple on Tuesday.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 27, 2020
Apple had been dealing with a hamstring issue for some time now and left practice earlier today. Panthers HC Matt Rhule said at the time that Apple just felt like he couldn’t go.
Apple, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2016. He was traded to the Saints two years later for a 2019 fourth-round pick and 2020 seventh-round pick.
Apple was in the final year of his four-year, $15.152 million contract when the Saints declined to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2020 season. He made a base salary of $2.51 million for the 2019 season.
The Panthers signed Apple to a one-year deal worth $3 million this past March after his deal with the Raiders fell through.
He appeared in just two games for the Panthers in 2020 and recorded four total tackles.
In 2019, Apple appeared in 15 games for the Saints and recorded 58 tackles, no interceptions, a forced fumble and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 61 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.