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Panthers release defensive tackle Zach Kerr

Zach Kerr

CHARLOTTE – The Panthers made two more cuts before the start of the league year, creating another position of need on the depth chart.

The team officially released defensive tackle Zach Kerr Tuesday, following Monday's release of wide receiver Amara Darboh.

Kerr's release saved nearly $1.3 million worth of cap room.

He played in 13 games and started four last year, with two sacks and a forced fumble.

The 30-year-old Kerr has also spent time with the Colts, Broncos, and Cardinals, appearing in 88 games.

Darboh finished last season on the practice squad and signed a futures deal in January. He's spent time with the Seahawks (where he began as a third-round pick in 2017), Patriots, Buccaneers, and Steelers. He has eight career receptions, all from his rookie season.

Cutting Kerr underscores the pre-existing condition of the depth chart, as the Panthers need to shore up the middle of the defensive line.

At the moment at defensive tackle, the Panthers have last year's first-round pick Derrick Brown, and then Bravvion Roy and Mike Panasiuk. Roy was their sixth-round pick last year and Panasiuk spent most of the year on the practice squad.

To call it a thin spot undersells it, as the Panthers need to find a three-technique defensive tackle to slide in next to Brown, as well as some useful depth at the position.

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