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Carolina Panthers release Michael Gaines, sign Manuel and Wesley

Carolina Panthers signed Marquand Manuel and Dante Wesley, release Michael Gaines after injury settlement.

Carolina Panthers release Michael Gaines, sign Manuel and Wesley The former starting tight end Michael Gaines was released by the Carolina Panthers, following an injury settlement on Tuesday. Michael Gaines was placed on the injured reserve on Saturday, but the four-year pro opted out for an injury settlement and will look to play for another football team. The 27-year-old tight end was drafted by the Panthers in 2004, in the seventh round from UCF.

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 Meanwhile the Panthers strengthened the secondary by signing safety Marquand Manuel and cornerback Dante Wesley.

 Marquand Manuel signed with the Panthers as a free agent, after he was released by the Green Bay Packers. Manuel, 28, was originally drafted out of the University of Florida in 2002 by the Cincinnati Bengals. Big significance is given to the signing of Marquand Manuel, who is now the most experience safety of the Carolina Panthers.

 Dante Wesley is well known to the Carolina's fans, he made his NFL debut with the Panthers in 2002 after they drafted him in the fourth round out of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Wesley played with the Panthers until 2005, when he signed a 2-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Wesley was acquired by the Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and was later released to be snatched by the Carolina Panthers.

Published on 09/04/2007

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