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February 28, 2013

Dwan Edwards wants to return to Panthers after "fun" 2012 season

The Panthers' decision-makers indicated last week at the combine they wanted to bring defensive tackle Dwan Edwards back to Charlotte.

The feeling is mutual.

Edwards, who had a breakout season with the Panthers in 2012 after Buffalo cut him, is one of the Panthers' top priorities among Carolina's own free agents. Edwards said Thursday he hopes to return.

“It was fun. It was kind of a situation for me coming in and not knowing the team. I wasn't really sure how it was going to be and what my expectations were. I hadn't heard great things about the defensive line,” Edwards said when reached by phone.

“But throughout the season I could see us getting better and improving. And I really felt we won some games for us.”

Edwards, who turns 32 in May, signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with Carolina last year after the Bills released him before the start of the regular season. Despite missing two games late in the season with a wrist injury, Edwards finished with six sacks, the most by a Panthers defensive tackle since Kris Jenkins had seven in 2002.

Only Ndamukong Suh, with eight, had more sacks among NFC defensive tackles.

The Panthers locked down DE Charles Johnson with the richest contract in franchise history two years ago. Carolina will have to make a long-term offer to DE Greg Hardy, who is entering the last year of his deal after his monster 2012 campaign.

With nose tackle Ron Edwards expected to be a salary cap casualty, it's essential the Panthers find a way to get a deal done with Dwan Edwards.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on February 28, 2013 at 04:36 PM | Permalink


Barkevious Mingo looks like a great 3-4 OLB (4.5 40)(at 240+ lbs)

Posted by: Justin from Kannapolis | Feb 28, 2013 7:55:59 PM

personal opinion: if we resign him AND draft a stud DL, we will have a top 5 D line. Maybe better. I don't want to patch the D, I want to solidify it. That being said... I want a top WR to help Cam- so between the two I say best available. I think the guard position can be handled in the third round. The DBs are OK.

OK, here is something to ponder... Josh Norman never lets a WR get behind him, is a great tackler and, to my knowledge, the only time they threw deep on him he intercepted. Would it be inconceivable to play him at FS?

Posted by: Gut | Feb 28, 2013 8:53:09 PM

@Justin from Kannapolis - 3-4 LB, Steelers are a little North of Charlotte. Just a FYI, Panthers are not built for a 3-4, and it takes years to build a good 3-4 defense. So forget that idea, with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy both being undersized Def Linemen for a 3-4...

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Feb 28, 2013 9:44:15 PM

@Gut - Hmm..Top defensive line maybe in the NFC South,,not the NFL.. But a good solid Defense, if they can keep Beason, and pickup a DB.

This draft is loaded with Def Linemen and offensive Linemen.. It might be time to look to unload J.Gross and his big salary, and pickup a young lineman in the draft.. 2nd round DB or WR best available (I agree). Panthers cut Chris Gamble, and don't resign Captain.. They have inexperience at both DB positions.
Ps... Josh Norman was benched for a few games. Because he got beat last year. So I am not sure he is 100% ready to be the every down DB starter.

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Feb 28, 2013 9:50:36 PM

JN wasn't benched cause he got beat, per sa. he played like a safety, to far off. and let's think about this... 10+ sacks from BOTH DE and ( i think) 6 from a DT (second in the league) and then add a BA out of collage.... yes, our Dline would be great

Posted by: Gut | Mar 1, 2013 12:10:43 AM


Posted by: Gut | Mar 1, 2013 12:11:35 AM

@cats#1fan, keep Beason?!? I'm sorry, but Mr. Nightclub is done. His best years are behind him and he's become an overpaid cheerleader lately. The defense was solid without him.
If Warmack falls to 14th, grab him. Sew up this offensive line to protect the franchise QB. The WR's in this draft are not worth a first round pick. See what Gettis and Murphy can do or pick one up through free agency.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Mar 1, 2013 4:38:30 AM

I think we finally have a GM who actually knows how to build a team. Betting we go inside out. Like someone said, have to protect Cam. If not, it will be a DT. Whoever they have higher on their board.

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 1, 2013 7:51:25 AM

Finally? Isn't that exactly how hurney built our successful teams? Peppers, rucker, jenkins, buckner sounds kind of familiar. Johnson, hardy, edwards all hurney guys.

But i mean....thank god we got rid of that guy right. I mean greg hardy in the 6th round wtf. What a waste of a pick. Josh norman in the 5th round....horrible right?

Oh yeah and you guys crying about the cap.....the cap just went up 2 million. We're positioned great by our former gm, we just need our players to stay healthy and our coach not to make idiotic mistakes to blow leads like he did all last year.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2013 9:12:47 AM

That idiot wasted a ton of pics on useless talent like Jeff Otah and Everette Brown.....and lets not forget the Armanti Edwards debacle. ....Hurney was a fool!

Posted by: SC Wade | Mar 1, 2013 10:24:29 AM

Hurney could nail a 1st rounder........after that he made stupid deals and left us without a #1 for years reaching on huys that either aint in the league or are on their way out.

Posted by: SC Wade | Mar 1, 2013 10:28:22 AM

he traded 1 first rounder for everette brown. it was a reach but the guy was a stud in college and was rated highly by a lot of people.

otah was an absolute stud when healthy. edwards just needs snaps. he's a better backup than jimmy clausen and he's a solid option at receiver and special teams. was he worth a 2nd round pick we gave up? no but the risk vs. reward is absolutely worth it. it's not like the guy got a ton of reps like clausen did and was HORRIBLE. that hasn't happened.

you aren't going to get EVERY pick EVERY year but his batting average is well above league average for picks. not only did he nail first rounders, but he got a lot of value late in the draft and in the middle too. you guys' expectations are ridiculous.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2013 11:44:19 AM

But he gave up way to much to get tjose people leaving uswithout a #1 for 2 years straight. His overall picks weren't bad but his desls to get them were. Plus he never hardly ever went after a free agent........Got Keyshawn at the end of his career got 1 year from him. then got. Some reciever ftom Seahawks, and LB from the Bengals....both were flops!! .......The last good free agent I remember was CB Ken Lucas...the 1 Steve Punched!!......sometimes you can't always developed the people you draft into stars you have to go out get the ones who already make plays

Posted by: SC Wade | Mar 1, 2013 12:48:49 PM

free agents don't win championships. the patriots aren't built on free agents neither are the steelers or the ravens. they drafted franchise guys and developed them and kept them.

he gave up a 1st in one year to get a 1st in another (otah) that lead to a playoff birth that year. he went all in in 2008 and it got us a GREAT team that played GREAT football up until the disaster playoff game. but he did HIS job that year. so we had 2 1sts one year to not have one the following year. that's actually a great move. that's like getting your money up front instead of waiting on it.

the everette brown deal was "we'll give up next year's first to get a guy that needs a year to develop but would be a high 1st next year if he had gone back to school" it just didn't pan out. that's the only deal he absolutely failed on. you could argue about clausen, but given how mel kiper conveniently had him rated the no. 1 QB in the draft since he was 12, it wasn't like hurney made an unpopular move drafting him much later than he was expected to go when we needed a QB. he just sucked. no QB's taken later have panned out either. colt mccoy would have been a SLIGHT upgrade but still not a starter. he would have been just good enough to leave us with blaine gabbert instead of cam.

people hate hurney unnecessarily. his track record in comparison to other GM's was upper tier. it's the same idiots that hated fox and hated delhomme even though they won way more games than most people do in the league. fairweather fans, grass is always greener mentality types.

this team last year should have been 12-4. that wasn't on hurney. it was on rivera and staff. entirely. the talent was there. 2 major injuries but 7 out of 9 losses came down to 1 play. that's not a talent issue. if talent were the problem we'd be getting blown out.

and let's not forget that was with a 2nd year QB.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2013 2:02:32 PM

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