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February 08, 2013

Cole back in NFL with Panthers

The Panthers' first free agent signing of the Dave Gettleman era is a defensive tackle who has been out of the NFL for two years.

Colin Cole was cut by Seattle before 2011 season and has not played since. The Panthers signed him Thursday to provide depth and competition at a position where Dwan Edwards is an unrestricted free agent and Ron Edwards could be a salary cap casualty.

Cole, 6-2 and 328 pounds, is expected to line up at nose tackle, where Frank Kearse ended last season as the starter after Ron Edwards went on injured reserved with a dislocated elbow.

Cole was born in Toronto, played at Iowa and spent his first five NFL seasons in Green Bay as a backup. He was a starter in Seattle before going on injured reserve in 2010 with a serious ankle injury.

He began training camp in 2011 on the physically unable to perform list and was among the Seahawks' final cuts that summer. Cole, who will be 33 when camp begins, has 218 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 84 career games.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 8, 2013 at 09:25 AM | Permalink


Losing Dwan would not be good...

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Feb 8, 2013 9:51:09 AM

The Panthers are millions over the cap for next season. We will have to release or cut some prime players to get in under the number. As bad as it sounds we have little hope of being as good as we were last season, and that was not very good.

Posted by: Realist | Feb 8, 2013 10:14:36 AM

Gamble, Edwards, Nakamura, and restructure Gross = under cap.

Posted by: Sambo | Feb 8, 2013 10:19:56 AM

Gettleman and Cole have something in common: no one else in the league wanted them. How appropriate that this was his first signing.

Posted by: Dan | Feb 8, 2013 10:34:23 AM

our roster + fact that we are over cap= unbelievable

Posted by: big gulps | Feb 8, 2013 10:58:57 AM

Damn Blast the GM and a player before even seeing the production from it or hearing the contract..

Posted by: Robert | Feb 8, 2013 11:00:26 AM

This GM has been on superbowl teams. Enough said. Until we see how the season goes all the haters keep your mouth shut!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: KENNY | Feb 8, 2013 11:15:20 AM

There's something screwed up about a salary cap that results in teams having to cut players they still want and who can still play at a high level.

Posted by: CBW | Feb 8, 2013 11:34:10 AM

Take the screwed up salary cap and add in the FACT that the panthers have the MOST DIFFICULT schedule (again) in 2013, and it doesn't look so bright.
This is like the 3rd year in a row the panthers have had the hardest schedule -- complete BS.

Posted by: stephen | Feb 8, 2013 12:21:15 PM

This look like a Classis Hurney moves. Sign damaged goods and hope for the best.

Posted by: Smitty | Feb 8, 2013 12:54:13 PM

If you are going to win the Superbowl, all teams have a tough schedule. Don't matter who you play if you are a SB champion.

Posted by: Crispy Bacon | Feb 8, 2013 1:28:57 PM

When is our GM Gettleman going to get to work and start trading off or cutting our players. Chris Gamble needs to go, especially with a cap hit of $9.75 million. DeAngelo has a cap hit of $8.45 Million, so he must be traded or his deal must be reworked. Jon Beason, injured for the past 2 seasons, has a cap number of $4.8 Million. Those three contracts alone, in addition to redoing Charles Johnson's deal more than takes care of the Panthers cap woes.
Oh, and the Panthers will save an extra $667.000 once Armanti is cut, too!

Posted by: Scorpion | Feb 8, 2013 2:40:46 PM

Give the new GM a chance we know that Hurney left him with a dreadful salary cap situation. Release Gamble. Rework the contracts of Beason, Gross, and Johnson. Under the cap with some space to sign some free agents. Resign Dwan.

Posted by: Chris | Feb 8, 2013 4:33:05 PM

Seriously some of you need to learn some patience, Gettleman knows he has a cap situation, but he isnt going to just come in and send guys packing right off the bat. They have to see who can be replaced in the draft and then restructure anyone who cant. Unlike the cap nightmare Hurney gave birth to, this situation cant just be undone in 2-3 weeks. Give the guy some slack, he just started.

Posted by: manu4t | Feb 8, 2013 4:46:13 PM

Seriously, manu4t, you may want to learn a bit more about the NFL before you begin to comment. There are certain rules, parameters, restrictions, and guidelines in place, which all impact the salary cap and have a certain time frame.
Gettleman has had enough time to warm the seat up and fart in it, so that he has his own scent for ownership on the chair. Now, get to work, as we have bonuses that are effective on certain dates, along with the upcoming free agency period. Negotiations begin 1 month from Saturday. Not much time at all.
People, come with the homework...or don't come at all!

Posted by: Scorpion | Feb 8, 2013 7:38:38 PM

Its really not that difficult. Gamble, Beason, and Deangelo Williams should have to be traded for draft picks. This draft has no star and is poised to have lots of good 2nd and 3rd round talent, I'd settle for 2 extra picks in the 1st 3 rounds for all 3 of these guys right now.

Posted by: JamesT | Feb 8, 2013 11:01:45 PM

Scorpion, you just lit into a guy for a lack of knowledge and specificity and did so with a blurb of ambiguous claims backed up by no facts, dates etc. There are about 5 guys above you with lists of players and their cap hits. Do YOUR homework. Gettleman could be working on a deal to unload some cap heavy, underperformers... he still has to negotiate the free agent signing period starting March 12 and see who we can sign and then if all else fails, trade or cut folks and acquire new blood through the draft April 25. That means he has about 4 weeks before he has to do anything, then 6 more weeks to bring in pro’s and do a trade deal before the draft. I think that’s enough time for even the slowest witted GM to make moves… question is, does this guy make moves or just sit on his brains and wait for the world to come to him like Hurney… But hey, the guy's been with us for a couple weeks and already signed a guy... geeez. Relax. All this worry is beyond premature. This guy is from a 2 time superbowl champion team who has a litany of talent stacked at RB, WR, DE, DT and OL and this guy was in charge of working to scout and find those guys. I've gotta give the benefit of the doubt with this Cole guy signing.

Posted by: handyman | Feb 8, 2013 11:28:28 PM

You fart and flame throwers are so ignorant about NFL procedures. I can't believe you aren't all NFL GM's.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Feb 8, 2013 11:38:12 PM

Oh do enlighten us great savant of NFL "procedures." Take your time and be specific, I'm eager to learn.

Posted by: handyman | Feb 8, 2013 11:52:39 PM

Now in other, informative and enlightening panthers topics…… talking about WR’s here… since I’ve been barking about the Panthers needing a legit number 2 to flank Smitty but here are a list of huge talents and potentially available free agents for the upcoming signing period … Amendola, Mike Wallace OR Emmanuel Sanders, Julian Eddleman, Hartline, Bowe, Greg Jennings and especially Ramsis Barden who Gettleman knows well from the Giants. Each of those guys is either a star, great slot receiver (which we do not have) or a big target redzone/ endzone threat. Barden fits the latter category and is only starting to achieve his potential. He has great hands, height and size. This guy would have been a big star for NY before now if he hadn’t been injured his rookie year. Just with those guys above we have got a great chance to finally make a splash in free agency and improve our offensive firepower… and don’t forget Smitty doesn’t have more than a year or two left anyway. OL, DT, DE, S can all be bolstered through the draft. It’s a draft heavy for D and linemen but light on QB’s and WR’s. Come on Gettleman do us proud!

Posted by: handyman | Feb 8, 2013 11:55:43 PM

Hey handydick, I was one of those people who listed specific numbers about players and their salary cap effect.
Chris Gamble: $9.75 million- cut him
Jon Beason: $4.83 million- cut him
DeAngelo Williams:$8.45 mil-trade him
Charles Johnson: $10 mil- restructure contract
Jordan Gross:$9.3 mil-restructure contract

Next, the Panthers can begin negotiations with Free Agents on March 9, although they cannot sign the player until March 12. The Panthers are NOT looking at Wide Receiver first, much to your chagrin. The team will look to fortify the Offensive and Defensive Line, while possibly plucking a Defensive Back in free agency, if the deal is right. The Wide Receiver position will NOT be addressed until the NFL Draft (in the later rounds), if at all. The Panthers may sign a SE (Split End, handydick) in June or July, but at a bargain basement price.
Smitty does have more than 2 years left in the tank, unless he decides to retire early, as he takes great care to stay in shape in the offseason. Armanti will be CUT, and Panther fans won't have to hear about that loser any longer.
I guess handydick is a typical southerner, who sits around like the NC road crew, getting nothing done until the deadline. Sorry, but Gettleman has tons to do, as he has to get cracking. 4 weeks, dingleberry, not 6 weeks!
March 12:
-Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2013 on all players who have option clauses in their 2012 contracts.
- All clubs must be under the salary cap prior to 4 p.m. ET.
-Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2012 contracts and who have fewer than three seasons of free agency credit.
-Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.
Panthers free agents:Dwan Edwards, Derek Anderson,Jordan Senn,Antwan Applewhite,
Captain Munnerlyn,Louis Murphy,Sherrod Martin,Ben Hartstock, and Mike Pollack

Don't tell me about homework, handydick, as I'll do circles around you.

Posted by: Scorpion | Feb 9, 2013 7:15:57 AM

just getting rid of Gamble puts the Panthers right at the cap number! Idiot reporters setting up the new GM to look like a genius!

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 9, 2013 9:42:55 AM

If Scorpion's numbers are correct then trade Gamble, cut Beason and re-work the contracts of both RBs and Gross, resign Munnerlyn and Martin and maybe Edwards for a year. Murphy is a borderline need. Anderson doesn't want to be here. The others are goners or resign for minimums.

Posted by: Logan | Feb 9, 2013 5:58:37 PM

Unfortunately, Scorpion's #'s aren't correct because trading DWill and cutting Beason do not eliminate the cap hits. In fact, it would cost more to cut Beason than to keep him and play him.

Posted by: Sambo | Feb 11, 2013 3:38:00 PM

Deangelo W is the main reason we won the last 4 games and all you fools wanna trade him?! Come 'on man that's unbelievable! And when Stewart gets injured in the 2nd game of the season... then what?! We need all the weapons we get!!

Posted by: Justin from Kannapolis | Feb 11, 2013 5:03:40 PM

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