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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jason Baker Cut

The team dropped punter Jason Baker, suggested months ago as a likely cap casualty here, was released.

Baker, a Panther since 2005 making him one of the longest tenured players until being let go, was part of one of the more successful trades in team history - dropping problematic punter Todd Sauerbrun for Baker and a 7th round pick (which became wasted potential DE Stanley McClover). To have dumped an attitude liability for Baker was a coup - until last year, when Baker's punting really started to decline for the first time.

Until then, Baker always had top 15 averages, at times top 5; he excelled in pinning the ball inside the 20.

Still plenty of room, and time, to go grab a new punter, of course. From my view, with Steve Weatherford off the table via franchise tag, it looks like Dave Zastudil or Daniel Sepulveda might be the best bets.
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