Panthers release QB Jimmy Clausen

Jimmy Clausen, the former second-round pick, had 10 career starts in Carolina. (USATSI)

Jimmy Clausen was supposed to be the Panthers' franchise quarterback. The 2010 second-round pick started 10 games as a rookie, helping Carolina to two wins -- and the first-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. The team used that first-overall pick to select Cam Newton, which was the beginning of the end of Clausen's brief tenure with the Panthers. On Saturday, the organization released Clausen.

New general manager David Gettleman, who came from a Giants organization that kept two quarterbacks on the active roster, will do the same in Carolina. Which means the team will enter the regular season with Newton and Derek Anderson.

Meanwhile, Clausen's tenure in Carolina ends with 1,558 passing yards (52.5 completion percentage), 3 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He was in an untenable position as a rookie, forced into the starting lineup on the league's worst team.

And now, Clausen is out of work, though probably not for long in a league where quality backups are almost as important as the franchise quarterbacks they sit behind.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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