Damione Lewis, who was set to make $9 million after the Panthers declined to pay a bonus written in last year, was cut today, leaving the defense much younger at defensive line. With the move, the team's starting DL is a free agent - if you include Hollis Thomas.
Later this evening, they dropped a second shocker, cutting Jake Delhomme, their embattled former Pro Bowl quarterback. With Delhomme out of the way, Matt Moore clearly has the inside line on the starting job, probably fighting off a potentially re-signed Josh McCown or equivalent.
Making use of the uncut year as a blank slate, the Panthers may not be done dumping salary, either. They may very well dump more, and field a very young team.