Panthers cut punter for cap room

The Carolina Panthers just announced the release of punter Jason Baker.

This one is not a huge surprise.

“We talked to Jason and his agent and told them that it came down to a salary-cap decision,” general manager Marty Hurney said. “We appreciate everything he has done for us. He’s been a model Panther since he came to the organization.”

The Panthers are tight against the salary cap and Baker was counting for almost $2 million. By releasing him, the Panthers freed up $1.55 million in cap space. Baker joined the Panthers in 2005 and had a productive run. But his gross (42.7) and net (34.1) averages last season were lows in his time with the Panthers.