Brad Hoover is the Latest Casualty in Panthers’ Youth Movement


Twitter has become an invaluable resource. The more athletes, celebrities, etc. who join the 21st Century of social networking the faster word gets around.

While on my trip to Virginia today, I missed the breaking news, so in case there is anyone who, like myself, also missed the news, I’ll break it to you now.

Lifelong fullback Brad Hoover, is no longer a Carolina Panther.

The youth movement in Carolina continues.

Safety Chris Harris was the one who initially made the discovery and announcement via his Twitter page, stating “well we just had another because your 30 casualty on the panthers roster. Brad Hoover you will be missed my man.”

So where does this leave any other member of the Panthers’ roster who is approaching or at the 30-year mark? Questioning their job security, most likely.

Harris’ thoughts on that topic were, “Makes me think? What is our number 1 priority this season. I know what mine is. If I state my opinion I might be the next on the long list of released players.”

Well, let’s certainly hope not. Though, why draw any added attention to yourself if you don’t have to?

To me this isn’t as shocking a decision as the release of quarterback Jake Delhomme. The Panthers did draft Tony Fiammetta out of Syracuse to succeed Hoover at some point. Now is as good a time as any, though.

Hoover had one year remaining on his contract, so to move ahead without the aging veteran in an uncapped year, makes sense, if only that the Panthers won’t suffer a salary cap penalty.

One question remains to be asked: Who’s next?

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