Panthers on a youth movement

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The Carolina Panthers purged some salary on Friday, releasing QB Jake Delhomme, DT Ma’ake Kemoeatu, DT Damione Lewis, LB Na’il Diggs and LB Landon Johnson in cost-cutting moves.

“I don’t know whether there’s a harder decision I’ve faced in my career,” Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. “He’s been spectacular for us.”

“We obviously have made some difficult decisions with guys who have been with us for a while and mean a lot to us and done everything we’ve asked,” Hurney said. “This time of year you have to make hard decisions, and this certainly falls into that category.”

“To say there will be no more change at any position, including quarterback, would be a false statement,” head coach John Fox said. “Right now, we’ve made the decision that Matt Moore is our starter, and we’ll move forward.”

Hurney noted that the team wanted to focus on their youth, and that having some of the veterans on the team didn’t allow the growth that they thought the younger players needed.

“Sometimes you have to force yourself to give (young) guys that opportunity and that experience,” said Hurney.

“We feel like we’ve got some young guys at DT that can step up,” Hurney said. “Charles (Johnson) has gotten better every year. Everette (Brown) showed a lot of ability. That’s a start.”

“We have Dan Connor and James Anderson, who we drafted in the third round,” Hurney said, answering a question about who would take the place of departing SLB Na’ll Diggs. “They would be two pretty good options.”