Despite a report this afternoon saying the Panthers fired scout Pete Russell, the reality isn't nearly as sensational as it sounds.
The note on profootballtalk.com
also insinuated age discrimination in the termination of the 45-year-old Russell, who's been with the team three seasons.
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According to the Panthers media guide, they have three scouts older remaining on the payroll: 61-year-old John Peterson, 52-year-old Jeff Morrow and Jeff Beathard, who will turn 46 in two weeks.
Russell was the one member of the Panthers scouting department whose contract expired this year, and his deal was scheduled to end on June 30, 2010. The Arizona-based scout was informed this week his contract would not be renewed, and began spreading the word to other personnel men around the league, who confirmed the move.
The rest of the Panthers scouts got two-year extensions last year, which carry them through the 2011 draft. While many personnel contracts around the league run through the end of May, the Panthers have always carried their scouts through June.
Panthers officials confirmed Russell was gone but wouldn't comment otherwise. Calls placed to Russell weren't immediately returned.
— Darin Gantt