Report: Panthers release cornerback Bene Benwikere

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The Panthers were already young in the secondary, and they are apparently getting rid of one of the experienced ones.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Panthers are releasing former starting cornerback Bene Benwikere.

The third-year corner had started for them after the post-Josh Norman overhaul, and had an interception in the opener against Denver.

He was part of a secondary that got torched by Julio Jones for 300 yards last week, but he was hardly the only one at fault.

The Panthers drafted three cornerbacks this year, and are apparently content to move on without the 2014 fifth-rounder. They’ve replaced him on the roster with practice-squader Zack Sanchez.

34 responses to “Report: Panthers release cornerback Bene Benwikere

  1. A little extreme in my opinion. We could have just benched him. He had a terrible game but could have still contributed to the team this season as a backup. I’m a little shocked at this move.

  2. With how depleted the rest of the league is, he’ll get a shot elsewhere. Maybe they voiced their intent to bench him/move him to a backup role and he asked for a chance elsewhere.

  3. I don’t want to say they’re writing off the season, but it sure seems like they’re going to ride the new horses. However long it takes to get them up to snuff is how long they’re willing to put up with this, even if gets ugly for a while.

  4. As a Panthers fan, this is becoming a joke. No idea what’s gotten into GM Gettleman. He’s going from hero to pariah in under 1 season.

    Benwikere had been decent enough until last week. Now the top 2 corners are rookies – and 1 is injured. SMH

  5. .
    It appeared to me that he was alone in covering Jones. Plus, the safety help was so inept that Jones turned 14 yd receptions into 75 yd TDs.

  6. I wonder how he would do with, say, Denver or Seattle? With a little experienced talent around him he would probably excell.

  7. classclown71 says:
    Oct 7, 2016 11:58 AM

    I’m thinking after the let down against the Falcons, he may have said something the front office didn’t like.

    Bene does a radio show here in Charlotte every week and he was on talking about the game. He is very humble so doubt it was something he said. He did mention that the coaches told him they lost trust in him and that he would have to earn it back. Sorry to see him go a little shocked by this move.

  8. He’s not making it through waivers. He may have struggled this season, but he made some big plays last season and has starting experience. Frankly, this is an odd move. I’ll bet they could have found trade interest if they had looked around a bit. Plus, it’s not as if they are deep in the secondary.

  9. romosmicrodongs says:
    Oct 7, 2016 12:07 PM

    Still think norman is a bust, a product of the system, just another guy you can replace?
    Norman has played well for my Redskins; he just has not prevented the front 7 from getting pushed off the ball every play.

  10. Without Norman teams would be tossing the ball up and down the field on my Skins all game long. Thank you Carolina!

    Speaking of tossing footballs all over the field…..I don’t follow Carolina Football that close but what other significant losses has the Panthers had since last season? It makes no sense for them to go from top 5 D to pathetic in a blink of an eye.

  11. It has to have something to do with the broken leg from last season… Lost speed… Otherwise he has shown a great deal of skill and potential in the past.

  12. I supported Gettleman when he released Steve Smith, Job Beason and even when he let Norman walk. But this makes no sense. We already have a young bad secondary and you release the only player with experience. We didn’t even bench him, seek a trade or nothing.

    Very strange. They let him practice all week, so he definitely has to have been part of the gameplan against the Bucs. Then all of a sudden they fire him on a Friday. There is more to this story.

  13. Bene broke his leg 10 months ago. Bad, bad injury.

    He’s just getting done rehabbing, still not in playing shape and they throw him out against Julio Jones. What did they think would happen?

    This is one heck of a strange move.

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