Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - The Carolina Panthers released offensive tackle Todd Steussie on Thursday.
Steussie, who joined the Panthers in 2001, started all 48 games he played for the Panthers. Last year, the 34-year-old started at left tackle in all 16 regular-season contests and all four postseason games for the NFC champions.
"In my two years as head coach, Todd played an instrumental role in our improvement," said head coach John Fox. "At this time of year, there are tough decisions to be made and this was one of them. As I told Todd, we have the highest regard for him and wish him the best."
Steussie, a 10-year veteran, has started 173 out of a possible 174 games, including playoffs.
Steussie's release is one of several changes along the offensive line since the end of the season. Guard Kevin Donnalley retired and Jeno James signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent. However, Carolina did sign offensive lineman Adam Meadows, who previously played with the Indianapolis Colts.