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Panthers release S Colin Jones

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So long, Ace!

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The Carolina Panthers have granted long time safety Colin Jones’ request for a release. The veteran apparently had no interest in what is now officially an unofficial rebuild.

Jones was a long time safety for the Panthers, but he rarely played the position on defense. Instead, most of his time—including the effort that saw him elected as a team captain—was spent on Special Teams. His work there also earned him the nickname “the Ace that runs the place” from some of Cat Scratch Readers former Brenton Bersin fans.

In his eight years with the Panthers, Jones amassed 127 tackles, seven passes defensed, three interceptions, two fumbles recovered, and one whole touchdown. The touchdown was an endzone fumble recovery after a punt bounced off then-Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr’s leg. You can watch the highlight on the Panthers website.

This move also saves the Panthers about $1M against their 2020 cap while adding $200k to their already league high amount of dead money for this year.

At 32 years old, it is unclear if he will be able to carve out a special teams role with another team or if this transition will ultimately lead to his retirement from the NFL.