The Carolina Panthers have reportedly released veteran quarterback option Matt Barkley.
Though head coach Matt Rhule has employed a multiple-QB system in recent weeks, the Panthers no longer have a need for Barkley with Cam Newton, Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker all available.
Carolina could possibly re-sign Barkley to the practice squad roster, per Panthers insider
The Panthers released QB Matt Barkley. No need to keep four with Sam Darnold, Cam Newton and PJ Walker on the roster. Could be a candidate for practice squad.
— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) December 28, 2021
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Barkley was signed off the Tennessee Titans' practice squad on Nov. 10. The former USC superstar joined the Panthers organization after Sam Darnold suffered a serious shoulder injury that ultimately landed him on the injured reserve.
Barkley served as Carolina's third-string option behind Newton and Walker while Darnold recovered on the IR. With Newton and Walker splitting reps under center, the reserve signal caller never saw anytime on the field during his short-lived Carolina career.
Through Sunday's blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Panthers operated under a two-quarterback system. Newton and Darnold split reps and Walker served as the third-string option.
While no official decision has been made, Darnold could retake his original QB1 position before the end of the 2021 season.
After starting the season at 3-0 with Darnold under center, the Panthers are now 5-10 on the year.