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CB Trumaine Johnson released by Panthers

Trumaine Johnson, Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have decided to part ways with cornerback Trumaine Johnson, as he was released on Friday. Instead, they have opted to sign kicker Kai Forbath.

Johnson was seen as an addition that could possibly revitalize his career in Carolina while also adding depth to the Panthers defense. After being with the Panthers for all of a week however, the Panthers have decided his spot would be better used for a kicker. Johnson never officially suited up for the Panthers, as he was signed to the practice squad.

The reasoning as to why he was cut remains to be seen. Many would’ve assumed his shot at remaining on the roster would’ve been favorable given the somewhat depletion of options the Panthers currently possess at the cornerback position.

He’s coming off a 2019 season with the New York Jets that saw his ties severed with them as well after a discouraging season. He’d recently signed a $72.5 million dollar contract with the Jets in 2018 before being cut in March of 2020.

The Panthers will continue to look for and make adjustments to their cornerback drought. They’re in the midst of balancing out a roster that’s without running back Christian McCaffrey sidelined with an ankle sprain that’ll see him out for the next few games. They’ll also move forward with their continued success from Robby Anderson, who’s caught 15 passes off 18 targets for 223 yards through the first two games.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater must continue his progress and dominate the passing game against the Los Angeles Chargers as well on Sunday as they search for their first win of the season.