According to Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafolo, the Carolina Panthers have let go of wide receiver Armanti Edwards. The former Appalachian State star’s time in Carolina was uneventful and will go down as a wasted third-round pick by the franchise. If you’re wondering how a general manager gets fired after drafting Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly in back-to-back years look no further than Edwards as an example.
He was taken way too high and was a quarterback in college. Transforming a quarterback into a wide receiver always seem to end up with terrible results in the NFL, yet it didn’t stop Marty Hurney from taking him. Edwards’ career numbers for the Panthers are downright depressing. He’ll leave the team with just five CAREER receptions and 121 yards receiving. But he’ll always have those training camp Charlotte Observer articles touting his impressive performances in practice.
I don’t want to bash Armanti for not turning out because it’s not his fault he was drafted too high, but I can say he never looked like an NFL receiver let alone one who could one day be a consistent contributor. General manager Dave Gettleman has already made his imprint on this team in his short time since taking over, and releasing Edwards is another example of a man letting go of players he has no ties to.
Two years from now you are going to be looking at a very different Panthers roster with Gettleman cleaning up the mistakes of Hurney.