Clausen, Gettis among 22 players cut by Panthers
The Carolina Panthers trimmed their roster from 75 to 53 players on Saturday.
Among the 22 players cut were quarterback Jimmy Clausen, wideout David Gettis, defensive tackle Sione Fua and cornerback Drayton Florence.
Other plays cut on Saturday include wide receiver Brenton Bersin, tackle Garrett Chisolm, tight end Dominique Curry, guard Hayworth Hicks, linebacker Doug Hogue, wide receiver Taulib Ikharo, linebacker Ben Jacobs, safety Robert Lester, guard Tori Mobley, tight end Zack Pianalto, running back Tauren Poole, defensive end Craig Roh, wide receiver James Shaw, defensive tackle Casey Walker, safety D.J. Campbell and safety Anderson Russell.
The contracts of Florence, tackle Patrick Brown and linebacker Jason Williams were terminated under the vested veteran provision.
Clausen, who is 22 days short of turning 26 years old, was selected by the Panthers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
He played in 13 games in the 2010 NFL season, starting in 10. His last start at quarterback came in Week 17 against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 2, 2010. He tallied 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions that year. Carolina finished 2-14 during the 2010 campaign, which was the worst record in football.
Gettis, a 2010 sixth round selection, battled knee injuries the past two seasons. He hadn't seen much action since his rookie season, when he played in 15 games (started 13) and caught three touchdown passes. Gettis turned 26 on Tuesday.
A former third round pick out of Stanford, Fua being cut leaves only one player selected by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft still with the squad — quarterback Cam Newton, who was taken No. 1 overall.
The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Fua totaled 22 tackles and one forced fumble last season.
Florence signed with the Panthers on March 13, but faced some heavy competition at his cornerback with Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Norman, D.J. Moore, Josh Thomas, Melvin White and James Dockery.
Former Hickory standout Johnson cut by Saints
Former Hickory High and University of Tennessee standout Austin Johnson was one of 17 players cut by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound fullback, played in all four preseason games for the Saints, tallying two carries for one yard. He also caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown, chi came in the Saints preseason finale on Thursday at Miami.
After tallying 126 tackles (64 solo) with the Volunteers, Johnson signed a rookie free agent contract last season with the Baltimore Ravens.