Former first round pick Eli Apple has been released by the Carolina Panthers. He was selected 10th overall by the New York Giants and spent two seasons with them. He then was traded to the New Orleans Saints, spending two years there before signing a one year deal with the Carolina Panthers in the 2020 offseason.
Joseph Person reported the news via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
The Panthers have released CB Eli Apple, a few hours after he left practice early after telling coaches he couldn't go on his injured hamstring today.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 27, 2020
Apple’s release apparently came after he told Panthers coaches he was unable to play on an injured hamstring. He had previously been placed on injured reserve by Carolina in early September. It seems as if the team would rather cut ties and sign a corner with more availability.
The move is interesting considering how fast the trade deadline is approaching (November 3). A market for an injured but experienced defensive back should be relatively rich, if he plans on playing again this season.
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