Brandon Hogan and the Carolina Panthers had an amicable split. The Panthers drafted Hogan with the 1st pick of the Fourth Round of the 2011 NFL Draft knowing he was recovering from ACL surgery.
He spent the first half of last season on the Panthers’ PUP list while healing. He appeared in 3 games toward the end of the season and tallied 4 tackles, showing along the way that he had a good head for the position.
Coming into this season, a healthy Hogan was expected to compete for the Panthers’ #2 CB position. However, Hogan and his knee suffered a setback, landing him on IR reserve, ending his season with the Panthers.
The Panthers, without Hogan, had high expectations for this season after QB Cam Newton had one of the best rookie seasons in the history of the NFL. However, Newton appears to be in the middle of a ‘sophomore slump’ and with several season-ending injuries to key players on the team, and a 1-5 start led to GM Marty Hurney’s dismissal.
Shortly following that, the Panthers released Hogan.
Now he is a free-agent, and according to David Fawcett of InsideNOVA.com.
Hogan has one week left of rehab before he can work out for NFL teams. There are already a few teams who have expressed interest in the Mountaineer standout.
“They’ve just said, ‘When he’s ready, let us know,’ ” Hogan’s agent, Drew Pittman said.
If a team likes what they see in Hogan when he works out for them, he could be signed to their 53-man roster or to a practice squad.