Panthers release longtime kicker Graham Gano, reports say

Panthers release longtime kicker Graham Gano, reports say
(Associated Press/Bob Leverone) Carolina Panthers' Graham Gano (9) kicks the game-winning field goal against the Indianapolis Colts in overtime of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The Panthers won 29-26.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers have decided to keep Joey Slye as their kicker and release veteran Graham Gano, who missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Gano joined the Panthers in 2012. He connected on many game-winning field goals, including a 63-yarder in 2018 against the New York Giants. The kick tied for the longest game-winning field goal in NFL history.

Gano’s eight years with the Panthers included four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl run.

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But Gano sustained a knee injury last offseason and was placed on injured reserve, opening the door for Slye, who was 25 of 32 on field goals, including 8 of 11 from beyond 50 yards in 16 games last season.

Gano wast set to cost $4.3 million under this year’s salary cap while Slye will make $675,000.

Gano’s wife, Brittany, reflected on their time in Charlotte in an Instagram post.

“This is not the easiest thing to post but we know that all good things eventually have to come to an end,” she said. “When God closes one door, He opens another.”

“To all the fans, friends, and our family, I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all your love, prayers and support. God Bless. We love you.”

The Panthers have not yet released an official statement on the move.

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