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Panthers agree to terms with Eddy Piñeiro, will cut Zane Gonzalez

Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain the delicate balance for the Panthers’ evaluation process when it comes to deciding the No. 1 draft pick and discuss takeaways from C.J. Stroud at Pro Day.

Zane Gonzalez saw his season end before it began, with a groin injury while warming up during the final preseason game. The Panthers signed Eddy Piñeiro, who earned the job beyond 2022.

The Panthers announced a two-year contract agreement with Piñeiro on Thursday, ending Gonzalez’s time in Carolina.

Piñeiro finished the year with a 94.3 field goal percentage (33-of-35) and a 93.8 percent (30-of-32) clip on extra points.

Piñeiro’s 33 made field goals in 2022 rank second in Panthers’ history for a single season, behind 37 from longtime kicker John Kasay in 1996. His field goal percentage was the second-best in a single season among Panthers’ kickers with at least 30 attempts.

Gonzalez is recovering from his second injury since he signed with the team in 2021. He injured a quad on the sidelines of a Week 16 game against Buffalo in 2021.

He made 20 of his 22 field goal attempts in 12 games of the 2021 season (90.9 percent) and went 22-of-23 (95.7 percent) on extra points.