Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was released Thursday, ending a run with the franchise that began in 2001.
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with former Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young on a three-year contract and former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Domenik Hixon on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. NFL.com reported Young's deal is for $9 million with $4 million in guarantees. Bears general manager Phil Emery has now added six unrestricted free agents in the first 48 hours of free agency, with Young and Hixon following defensive end Lamarr Houston (Raiders), safety Ryan Mundy (Giants) and linebacker Jordan Senn (Panthers) on Tuesday and safety M.D. Jennings (Packers) on Wednesday.
The New York Giants are 0-3 and must go on the road to face the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll be doing so without at least two-fifths — and maybe three-fifths — of their offensive line. Center David Baas and right guard Chris Snee are officially out for the game. In addition, right tackle David Diehl is listed as doubtful with a thumb injury. [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Don't wait, sign up today! ] The Giants have allowed 11 sacks this season, but seven came last week (and six in the first 17 minutes of play) against the Carolina Panthers. The Chiefs have an NFL-best 15 sacks, including six last week.
COMMENTARY | When it comes to the New York Giants' 0-3 start to the 2013 season, there's plenty of blame to go around. No individual is immune from the criticism, and from the moment the Giants walked off the field following their embarrassing 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, every facet of the team has been under attack.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- After a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants are promising only one change for this weekend's game in Kansas City against the Chiefs.
COMMENTARY| After a deplorable effort against the Carolina Panthers on September 22, 2013, the New York Giants now sit at 0-3 for the first time under head coach Tom Coughlin. At a point in the season when many teams begin to toughen up, dig their cleats into the turf, and prepare for the long fight ahead; the Giants seem to be falling fast into a proverbial abyss that seems to be growing deeper by the day.
COMMENTARY | It's hard to imagine the New York Giants playing a worse game than the one they turned in on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
There are plenty of familiar story lines heading into Week 4 of the NFL season. The Denver Broncos are looking like a championship team. New Orleans is back on top in the NFC South. Miami appears to be one of those “surprise” teams that could make the playoffs. Oakland is struggling once again. And New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Coughlin’s teams seemingly start slow every year before sneaking into the playoffs, but that appears very unlikely right now. New York was embarrassed by the Carolina Panthers, 38-0, this past Sunday, and appear to be spiraling out of control. The Giants are averaging only 44.3 rushing yards per game (last in the NFL), their defense has produced three sacks (tied for worst in the NFL) and allowed 38.3 points per game (worst in the league). Meanwhile, Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown five touchdowns and eight interceptions and owns a 70.5 passer rating. While the first day of fall indicates September for most people, rumors about Coughlin’s job security is the needle for NFL fans. THIS WEEK'S THREE HOTTEST SEATS 1. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay After two straight close losses, the Bucs decided to end all suspense and lose 23-3 against the New England Patriots. Former Bucs coach Raheem Morris probably believes he could do more this team than the lackluster squads he was given – and is probably correct. 2. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants New York’s next three opponents are Kansas City, Philadelphia and Chicago. Unless the Giants can pull off an upset, this could be a 0-6 team. 3. Ron Rivera, Carolina Carolina had a strong win heading into its bye week, but this team still has plenty of issues. The Charlotte Observer reported Rivera will not lose his job during the season. That does not mean it will not occur after this year. GETTING WARMER Mike Shanahan, Washington Fred Smoot recently ripped Shanahan , and it is hard to blame him after Washington’s 0-3 start. Shanahan has led Washington to only one winning season in the past four years. It is just a matter of time before Washington general manager Bruce Allen begs Jon Gruden to come out of retirement and coach his team (both men worked together in Tampa Bay). GETTING COLDER Rex Ryan, New York Jets The Jets are 2-1 and Coughlin’s team is 0-3? Now that is something most NFL observers did not foresee prior to this season. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. -- Use any words available to describe the play of the New York Giants in their 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers Sunday are apt -- as long as those words are negative.
COMMENTARY | New York Giants fans must have felt like the biggest losers on Sunday, September 22.

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