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March 30, 2012

Panthers re-sign Applewhite

The Panthers have re-signed defensive end Antwan Applewhite, a veteran who filled several roles and provided locker room leadership in his first season with Carolina.

Applewhite received a 1-year deal, Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said today. Terms were not disclosed.

The 6-3, 258-pound Applewhite played in 12 games with one start last season after signing with the Panthers in October. He finished with 21 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble while playing defensive end, linebacker and special teams.

He can play a lot of roles,” Hurney said. “He's a very versatile guy with experience.”

Applewhite spent his first four NFL seasons with San Diego after joining the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State. He is one of several Carolina players who were in San Diego when Panthers coach Ron Rivera was the Chargers' defensive coordinator.

Panthers receiver Steve Smith said last season he liked the presence Applewhite brought to the defense – an attribute Hurney also mentioned.

He came in and was a guy who understood what Ron wanted on defense,” Hurney said. “He understands all our concepts and brings a lot of experience to this defense and was able to communicate it to our younger players, and did play a leadership role in the locker room on defense.”

Applewhite, who was waived by San Francisco last year in the final cuts, has 88 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in five seasons.

--Joseph Person




Posted by Observer Sports on March 30, 2012 at 09:57 AM | Permalink


Good move!

Posted by: Chuck | Mar 30, 2012 10:10:28 AM

he was one of the few bright spots on D last year for sure. Happy to see him back.

Posted by: zach | Mar 30, 2012 10:17:24 AM

good move. i like some of these 1 yr contracts, these guys play hungry like a pro should

Posted by: corn nuggitz | Mar 30, 2012 10:24:32 AM

Awesome! Another Rivera retread returns. And after all six of those fantastic wins last year, it's a wonder we don't just put him in charge of the personnel department.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 30, 2012 10:34:24 AM

@Zach; A bright spot 4sho !

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 30, 2012 11:30:18 AM

Blog troll MP is back.

Posted by: fred | Mar 30, 2012 11:37:48 AM

Great news. Go Panthers from Brazil.

Posted by: Fabio | Mar 30, 2012 11:56:35 AM

He's still bitter about Clausen.

Posted by: zach | Mar 30, 2012 2:24:09 PM

Mike Goodson just got traded to Oakland.

Posted by: Real Panther | Mar 30, 2012 3:31:29 PM

he made me look like an idiot too.....thankfully

Posted by: prowler13 | Mar 30, 2012 3:46:32 PM

some news on Goodson being traded to the Raiders for OT Bruce Campbell?

Posted by: carpants | Mar 30, 2012 3:52:14 PM

#Panthers announced they traded RB Mike Goodson to the Raiders for G/T Bruce Campbell.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 30, 2012 4:15:02 PM

Saints got caught in the NFL, b.b. Sucks to be you. That feel good crap is over now....
'Aints will fall again, bwahahahhahaha!

Posted by: Pnthrz1 | Mar 30, 2012 4:44:34 PM

Like Applewhite. Need his tude and energy.

Posted by: landmerchant | Mar 30, 2012 7:22:36 PM

The Panthers have signed a player who played for Rivera in San Diego.

This BARELY qualifies as news.....

Posted by: J | Apr 4, 2012 2:04:06 PM

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