Gamble release gets Panthers under cap

The Carolina Panthers just parted ways with their best cornerback.

They released veteran Chris Gamble. The move was necessary to get the Panthers under the salary cap. Gamble had been scheduled to count $10.9 million against this year’s cap. The move frees up $7.9 million and puts the Panthers about $3.7 million under the limit.

“I appreciate the contributions of Chris during my first two years as head coach and to the organization for many years,” coach Ron Rivera said. “He always handled things the right way and we wish him the best.”

The move is no surprise from a team that had to do some serious scrambling to get under the salary cap before the start of the league year Tuesday. But, at the moment, it leaves the Panthers very thin at cornerback. Captain Munnerlyn is scheduled to become a free agent. Young cornerbacks Josh Morgan and Josh Thomas each have some potential, but neither is ready to be a No. 1 cornerback.

That means the Panthers will have to find a cornerback in free agency or early in the draft.