That meant Boston, who started 10 games last season at free safety, would move to a backup role. That Boston’s 2017 salary cap hit more than doubled to $1,898,367 because of a performance escalator clause in the CBA also didn’t help his cause.
The Panthers were able to clear $1,797,000 in cap space by releasing him.
Marlowe in particular is a player the Panthers have been high on when healthy, which wasn’t the case most of last season.
Boston started 16 games and played in 42 after being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of North Carolina.
But he made too many mental errors, often was out of position in critical moments and wasn’t as physical against the run as the Panthers would like, costing him the starting job last season.
The handwriting on this has been on the wall since Adams was signed to a two-year deal with a cap value of $1,775,000 in 2017. Coleman already was at $3,625,000 and Jones at $1,225,000.
Alex Armah was drafted in the sixth round Saturday with the hope he can fill the fullback spot. The Panthers also added depth at tackle in the draft with second-round pick Taylor Moton and at cornerback with fifth-round pick Corn Elder.
The Panthers will get their first real look at the new players during a two-day minicamp Friday and Saturday.