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Kicked to the Curb: Carolina Panthers Waive K Justin Medlock, Sign Graham Gano

November 20th, 2012 at 10:01 PM
By Jesse Collin

This just in: There has been another casualty of the Carolina Panthers' abysmal 2-8 season.

In a move that not many saw coming, the Panthers waived kicker Justin Medlock on Tuesday and replaced him with free agent Graham Gano.

Medlock, 29, missed his third consecutive field goal on Sunday – a 40-yard attempt that could have been the difference between a regulation win and an overtime loss.

Instead, Carolina had another one of their appalling fourth-quarter meltdowns and essentially gave Tampa Bay a free win in overtime.

Medlock certainly wasn't the only reason the Panthers lost, but you simply can't miss 40-yard field goals at the professional level.

Interim general manager Brandon Beane reiterated this sentiment.

“This is a production-based business. His position is one where it’s real easy to evaluate makes or misses,” Beane told the Charlotte Observer. “We just thought we needed to look at what was out there. We just felt Gano was a good option for us.”

Medlock  was in his first season with the Panthers. The 29-year-old won the job in training camp over Olindo Mare, who experienced similar struggles as the team's placekicker last season.

Before joining the Panthers, Gano, 25, served as Washington's kicker from 2009-2011, connecting on 59 of 80 field goals (73.8%) in 36 games. The Redskins cut the former Florida State Seminole before the season.

'Graham Gano' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Gano is Carolina's third different kicker since John Kasay – a member of the inaugural Panthers team – was released prior to the 2010 season.

Tags: Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Football, Graham Gano, John Kasay, Justin Medlock, NFL, Olindo Mare

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