CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers didn't even wait to see cornerback Brandon Boykin in practice, cutting him before the official start of OTAs.
The Panthers had signed Boykin as a free agent earlier this offseason prior to drafting three cornerbacks. They won't have to pay Boykin's base salary, but will have to account for his $80,000 signing bonus under this year's salary cap.
Carolina signed six players Monday who had tryouts during rookie minicamp this past weekend including linebacker Jared Barber, tight end Braxton Deaver, cornerback Shaq Richardson, offensive tackle Jordan Rigsbee, wide receiver Miles Shuler and running back Jalen Simmons.
The team also released cornerback Ras-I Dowling and wide receiver Jenson Stoshack.
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Titans cut Mettenberger
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Titans have waived quarterback Zach Mettenberger, making space to sign four players who earned jobs after trying out during rookie minicamp.
Mettenberger, a sixth-round draft pick out of LSU in 2014, is 0-10 in his career as a starter. The Titans didn't need him after bringing in Matt Cassel to back up Marcus Mariota. They also have Alex Tanney on the roster.
The Titans on Monday also added Rutgers fullback Sam Bergen, wide receiver Ben Roberts of Montana, defensive end Mike Smith of Southern Mississippi and cornerback Bennett Okotcha of Texas-San Antonio.
They waived defensive end Iosia Iosia, tight end Kevin Greene and wide receiver Rashon Ceasar.
Falcons' new stadium on schedule
ATLANTA - As he awaits word on Atlanta's bid for to host a Super Bowl, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says construction of the team's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is on schedule to open in June, 2017.
NFL owners will choose next week between Atlanta and other cities competing to host Super Bowls in 2019, 2020 and 2021. No city will be awarded more than one game.
If Atlanta lands a Super Bowl, fans paying premium ticket prices will get a break on concessions.
The Falcons on Monday announced food and beverage pricing for all events at the new stadium will start with $2 each for soft drinks (including free refills), hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn.
Blank also owns the expansion MLS franchise Atlanta United FC, which will share the stadium.