NFL Sports Update: Graham Gano, long-time Panthers kicker, released (7/31/20) By: Josh Scott
An offseason of rebuilding continues. The Carolina Panthers released veteran kicker Graham Gano on Thursday, ending a seven-year run with the team. Gano spent the 2019 season on the Injured Reserve list, due to leg soreness, and did not play.
Over a span of 10 years in the NFL, Gano has made 80% of his field goals as well as 95% of his extra points. He places second all-time in scoring for Carolina, trailing only legendary kicker John Kasey, with 975 points. Gano's game-winning kick against the Giants in 2018, which was 63 yards, stands as one of the longest in NFL history.
With the former Florida State Seminole's departure, Tre Boston, Shaq Thompson, and Kawaan Short remain the only players who were part of the magical 2015 season that ended in a Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Second-year kicker Joey Slye takes over kicking duties for Carolina, after filling in for the injured Gano in 2019. As a rookie, Slye made 78% of his field goals and 88% of his extra points.