Martez Ivey

Panthers Cut K Joey Slye, 6 Others

The Panthers are beginning to move their roster toward the 53-man limit. Shortly after the trade for Ryan Santoso, the team cut its incumbent kicker — Joey Slye — and six other players.

In addition to Carolina waiving Slye, the team cut safety Doug Middleton, tackle Martez Ivey, wide receiver Ishmael Hyman, linebacker Paddy Fisher and linebacker Jonathan Celestin. The Panthers waived running back Darius Clark with an injury designation. Of this crop, only Middleton is a vested veteran who can avoid the waiver wire.

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As evidenced by Matt Rhule trying 65- and 67-yard yard field goals against the Saints and Chiefs last season, Slye has one of the strongest legs in the NFL. His placement on the wire may affect another team’s kicking situation. The wire is currently determined by 2020 record, so the Jaguars and Jets will have the first crack at the young kicker.

Slye, 25, kicked for the Panthers for the past two seasons. He replaced Graham Gano in Carolina. Gano is now with the Giants, who ended up delivering the Panthers Slye’s replacement in Santoso. Slye did miss seven field goals last season, though two of them came from beyond 65 yards. The Virginia Tech product also missed seven tries (25-for-32) in 2019, when he took over for an injured Gano.

A five-year veteran, Middleton played in 10 games with the Jaguars last season as a backup. The Panthers’ roster currently sits at 71 players.

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Panthers To Sign OL Martez Ivey

The Panthers made the big splash of the week by acquiring Sam Darnold from the Jets, but that isn’t the only move they’re making. Carolina is also signing offensive lineman Martez Ivey, his agents told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

No financial terms were immediately revealed, but it’s a one-year deal for Ivey. A two-time All-SEC player at Florida, Ivey signed with the Patriots as an UDFA back in 2019. He failed to crack New England’s roster, and then spent some time in the XFL in 2020. He wasn’t able to land an NFL job during the pandemic, but is now getting another shot.

The Panthers have been busy with their offensive line this offseason, already signing new projected starters Cameron Erving and Pat Elflein, franchise-tagging Taylor Moton, and re-signing John Miller. Ivey will be another dart throw for a team making low-risk signings to shore up the O-line.

Minor NFL Transactions: 7/30/19

Today’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

  • Waived: OLB/DE Markus Jones

Buffalo Bills

  • Retired: OL Isaac Asiata

Detroit Lions

  • Signed: DT Frederick Jones
  • Waived: WR Brandon Reilly

Indianapolis Colts

  • Signed: WR Roger Lewis, OG Ian Silberman
  • Waived: LB Drew Lewis, OG William Poehls

New England Patriots

  • Signed: OT Martez Ivey
  • Waived/Injured: OL Cole Croston

New York Jets

  • Signed: OL Ryan Anderson, CB Dee Delaney
  • Waived: LB Jeff Allison, OL Toa Lobendahn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Placed on IR: TE Troy Niklas