Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Carolina Panthers cut Jimmy Clausen and Drayton Florence Aug. 31. Carolina parting ways with Clausen is far from surprising, but Florence is another story.
Florence is not exactly on the level of Marcus Trufant, but he's a decent starter at cornerback. He was also a projected starter for the team. Now the Panthers will have to rely on former fifth-round draft picks Josh Thomas and Josh Norman to step up.
Neither Thomas nor Norman have played more than one full season in the NFL, whereas Florence is a 10-year NFL veteran. The former Lions corner could've been a veteran leader for Thomas and Norman. The two players the Panthers chose over Florence have just a combined five years of NFL experience between them.
Bleacher Report's own Michael Schottey thinks a reunion with Detroit could be possible for Florence, tweeting:
One way or another, Florence will find himself on an NFL roster, but he could've been a big help to the team that just cut him.