A former Ohio State football star received some tough news today. He's being released by his NFL team.
Kurt Coleman, a standout defensive back for the Buckeyes from 2006-09, is being cut by the Carolina Panthers.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news. It's a financial move.
"The Panthers are releasing (safety) Kurt Coleman, I’m told. The veteran leader had a $5.25M cap hit. His release clears space as they go younger," reports Rapoport.
Coleman, 29, has been in the league since 2010. He was a seventh round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The former Buckeyes star was an All-American in his final season at Ohio State. He totaled 68 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Coleman began his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was in Philly from 2010-2013.
The former OSU star then played for the Chiefs and the Vikings. He's been with Carolina since 2015.
Coleman will likely have plenty of suitors in free agency.