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Marcus Stroud released by Bills

Marcus Stroud's name was once synonymous with run-stopping from the DT position. Since leaving Jacksonville for a bigger paycheck, Stroud has shed 40 pounds to play DE in their 3-4 defense. Before the Bills switched to a 3-4, during his first season in Buffalo, Stroud was an early defensive MVP candidate, helping their run-defense improve from dead last to 9th, until a late-season collapse dropped them to 20th. Stroud will likely try to get back to 310-320lbs before next season, (he played at 330+ in JAX) in hopes of signing with a team running a 4-3--a scheme in which he was far more effective. Do the Panthers show any interest in one of the better interior defensive lineman available? They did not so much as kick the tires on Shaun Rodgers, but Stroud does not have the same baggage. At some point the Panthers will have to stop treating free agents like venereal diseases.

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