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Saturday, September 4, 2010
Pike wins No. 3 QB job in Carolina

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

We still are waiting for the Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints to announce their full list of roster cuts. We’ll have a full analysis on each team as soon as they make the full announcements.

But there are some moves trickling out and a couple of them are of some significance, although not really surprising.

First, Tampa Bay receiver Michael Clayton reportedly has been cut. It was obvious Clayton, who has been a disappointment since his rookie season, was on the bubble, especially with the Bucs making it pretty obvious that Mike Williams, Reggie Brown, Arrelious Benn and Sammie Stroughter are going to be the first four receivers. The interesting thing here is that the Bucs still have to pay Clayton $3 million that was guaranteed when he signed a new contract last year.

Next, the Panthers reportedly have told quarterback Hunter Cantwell that he’s been released. Again, not a huge surprise. With Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen in the first two spots, it came down to a decision between rookie Tony Pike and Cantwell. Pike was a draft pick and that might have been the difference. Cantwell remains eligible for the practice squad if he’s not signed by another team.