According to Graham Gano’s wife on Instagram, the veteran kicker has been released by the Carolina Panthers. The report was later confirmed by Joseph Person of the Athletic, and Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
The Panthers will save $2.75 million by cutting Graham Gano. The move comes as little surprise as Carolina already has a cheaper, more effective option in-house in sophomore Joey Slye ($675K). Slye did miss some big kicks, but was otherwise highly impressive as a rookie, making moving on from Gano a no-brainer. Gano will look to latch on with another team once he is fully recovered from the knee injury that landed him on injured reserve prior to Week 1 of the 2019 season. Slye is our 22nd ranked kicker for the 2020 season.