The Carolina Panthers have released CB Chris Gamble, according to the team’s official twitter account.
Chris Gamble cut. A year removed from holding QBs to 45% completion into his coverage and a passer rating of 53.3 in 2011 season
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 8, 2013
Gamble was taken with the 28th pick in the 2004 draft and led the NFC in interceptions as a rookie. He holds the Panthers franchise records for interceptions (27) and most passes defended (94). The Panthers gave Gamble a six-year $53 million contract with $23 million guaranteed on November 28th, 2008.
Jason La Confora reports the Panthers were desperate for cap space, and bit the bullet by releasing Gamble. An already shaky Panthers secondary gets that much weaker, with Captain Munnerlyn hitting free agency and second year pro Josh Norman becoming the number one CB.