In what will definitely be the biggest news story of the day, the Panthers have waived kicker Adi Kunalic and replaced him with another kicker who will compete with Olindo Mare during training camp for the right to be incessantly compared to every time he misses a field goal.
The contract is for 3 years (and most certainly non-guaranteed), and there's really not much of a chance that Medlock will make the team after training camp is over. This move was primarily made so Mare can save his shanked 30 yarders for when the team needs them the most -- you know, when they're down by 2 in the waning seconds of an important game that could have playoff implications tied to it.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Medlock's salary is as follows:
Medlock will earn the minimum $390,000 this year, with base salaries of $480,000 and $570,000 set for 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to the NFLPA Web site.
Here is some background info on Medlock, from the article linked above:
Medlock, 28, a fifth-round draft choice by Kansas City in 2007, made 1 of 2 field goals as a rookie before the Chiefs released him. He spent the last three years in the Canadian Football League.
Medlock, who played at UCLA, was a CFL All-Star last season after making 49 of 55 field goals with a long of 57 yards. Medlock made seven field goals in one game last season. CFL kickers are allowed to use a kicking block, although Medlock kicked off the ground, according to his agent Frank Murtha.
Again, this really isn't anything to sneeze at, but it's worth mentioning since there's really nothing else going on today except for some press conference in Indianapolis. I guess Jim Irsay is announcing what theare going to do with the #1 pick in the draft or something, because I can't think of anything else he'd have to talk about today.
As usual, if the Panthers make any more roster moves -- no matter how insignificant they may be -- we will provide any and all information that comes available.
Hat tip to PanthersPaul for posting a fanshot on this breaking news story.