By Tim Polzer
March 08, 2013

The Carolina Panthers have released their all-time interception leader Chris Gamble.

The Panthers drafted the Ohio State cornerback with the 28th overall pick in 2004. He became a starter during his rookie training camp, eventually grabbing 27 interceptions and defending 84 passes as a Panther. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions in six of his nine NFL seasons.

The Panthers reportedly save $7.9 million in cap space by releasing Gamble.

A shoulder injury sidelined Gamble in Week 4, and he was placed on injured reserve for the first time in his career.

The Panthers appear ready to move forward with young cornerbacks Josh Thomas, Josh Norman and James Dockery.

"I appreciate the contributions of Chris during my first two years as head coach and to the organization for many years," head coach Ron Rivera said. "He always handled things the right way and we wish him the best."

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