News Blitz 7/20/2017: Michael Oher Released and Trai Turner contract extension.

For Thursday, July 20th, 2017 here is your roundup of Panthers news and story links.

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Offensive Tackle, Michael Oher has been release by the Carolina Panthers after reports of a failed physical. Oher had been with the team for just 2 seasons and spent the last 9 months in the concussion protocol without being cleared to return to team activities.
This off-season hasn’t been kind to him either. In April, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting an Uber driver. And in June he was criticized for posting a photo of his concussion medication to Instagram, which he then quickly removed from the site.

Oher’s release comes as fans are still reeling from the firing of General Manager David Gettleman this past Monday and the return of Marty Hurney as interim GM. However, this move was not a huge surprise to fans. Last month, our own Ashlyn Rizzo speculated that he would be cut prior to training camp.

In other Panthers news, Pro Bowl Offensive Guard, Trai Turner has agreed to a 4-year extension with the Carolina Panthers. He received a $15 million signing bonus, with $20.5 million guaranteed of a $45 million dollar deal. ESPN reports that this makes Turner the 3rd highest paid guard in the league at $11.2 million per year. This is the first move for Marty Hurney 2.0 and expect more to come throughout the remaining of the off-season.

Several news outlets have further coverage of this breaking story:
SB Nation, Michael Oher released by Panthers due to failed physical
Sports Illustrated, Panthers Release Offensive Lineman Michael Oher
ESPN, Source: Trai Turner extension from Panthers worth $45M
Sporting News, Marty Hurney uses second day as Panthers GM to give Trai Turner an extension
Twitter – Trai Turner
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