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Panthers release Clausen, Florence

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The Carolina Panthers released quarterback Jimmy Clausen and cornerback Drayton Florence on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Clausen, who was due $630,000 this season, ends a three-year tenure with the Panthers, who drafted him in the second round in 2010. He threw for 1,558 yards with three touchdowns and nine interceptions in that span.

"Just want to thank the Panthers Organization and the city of Charlotte for drafting me and making this home for me the last three years!" Clausen tweeted.

His future as a starter with Carolina ended in 2011 when the team made Cam Newton the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Clausen lost the backup job to Derek Anderson.

Florence, 32, started three of the eight games he played in his only season with the Detroit Lions in 2012. He broke an arm Week 2 at the San Francisco 49ers and returned Week 11 for the Nov. 18 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Florence has 18 interceptions and 99 career starts since 2003, when he entered the league with the San Diego Chargers. He has also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.
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