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March 14, 2013

Panthers offer Dwan Edwards a 1-year deal

Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards was one of the best bargains in the NFL last season, but the 31-year-old free agent is looking for more security this winter.

Edwards said Thursday he is weighing several contract offers, including a 1-year offer from the cap-strapped Panthers.

Edwards finished with 6.5 sacks in 2012 after signing a 1-year, $1.5 million contract after Buffalo cut him days before the start of the season.

Edwards would not identify his other suitors, but said one was a playoff team last season. He said he has been offered longer deals than the Panthers', but would not discuss particulars.

“It's getting to the time in my career where you definitely start thinking about winning a Super Bowl,” Edwards said. “I wouldn't say (the Panthers) were Super Bowl contenders. I think there's an opportunity to make some noise in their division and get in the playoffs.

“If I'm not in their vision any longer than one year, it's hard to think that (a Super Bowl run) is going to happen.”

Edwards is seen as one of the free agent priorities for the Panthers, which cut starting nose tackle Ron Edwards this month.

Dwan Edwards did not rule out a return to Carolina, which could potentially up the ante with a longer deal.

But this is the reality faced by first-year general manager Dave Gettleman, who talked at his introductory press conference about trying to sign quality players to 1-year deals.

The Panthers are about $4 million under the $123 million cap. Gettleman said at the combine last month that he wants to get them in better cap position not just this year, but in future years, as well.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 14, 2013 at 02:35 PM | Permalink

Comments

I hate you Marty Hurney...thanks for single handily killing the Panthers.

Posted by: Mark | Mar 14, 2013 2:48:03 PM

I'll second that Mark! Did the dude have any vision at all? I wonder what his plan was going to be for this year?

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 14, 2013 2:55:31 PM

I realize that Mr Gettleman is in a tough situation with the mess that Marty Hurney left him. However, one year deals is not going to buy you much with a lame duck coach with a win or else ultimatium in 2013. Its playoffs or bust for the Panthers in 2013. It requires talent to make the playoffs and the Panthers have already let go a lot of that to get under the salary cap. Unless Gettleman can find some one year "diamonds in the rough" that is not going to happen in 2013 with no cap space and five...countem...five measley draft picks. Gettleman cant afford to draft one bust in 2013 thanks to Hurney trading away draft picks for role players. Not much will be going on in BOA Stadium this fall but the same as usual. The playoffs are doubtful and a new head coach will be in place in 2014 and we can start all over again. However, Gettleman will get the job done. Its going to be some bitter medicine for a while.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Mar 14, 2013 2:59:35 PM

It is apparent that Gentleman is giving Ron Rivera a 1-year make the playoffs and do well type of deal. The only significant players were lost were our slot corner (cap) which he has replaced...Chris Gamble who was gone by Week 5 and we managed to win without him and Dwan Edwards who Gettleman does not want to give anything longer than a 1-year deal to because if they don't win next year he does not see Dwan in his long term plans. Pretty much Panthers fans...hope we will THIS YEAR or we WILL see the turnover come next off season...Some players who cap wise it doesn't make since to cut this year because you are not gaining anything cap wise to cut them, PLUS you still have to bring in a replacement and we do not have that many draft picks. If we picked up a bunch of undrafted free agents for the cheap, Rivera could complain and say he was not given a fair chance to succeed. AKA John Fox's lame year all over again.

Posted by: NCtoDC17 | Mar 14, 2013 3:18:36 PM

To bad we can't get in the Jadaveon Clowney sweepstakes!!!!!

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Mar 14, 2013 3:21:27 PM

I love the luxury of having DWill, Stewart and Tolbert. Truth is we can't afford all 3 when we desperately need to fill voids at other positions. It doesn't matter how many good RBs you have when you can't stop the run because you let your best DT walk.

Posted by: Toddo | Mar 14, 2013 3:29:24 PM

Who says we can't get in the J.D. Clowney sweepstakes? Sit Cam the whole year and start Clausen. LOL

Posted by: Thugnificent | Mar 14, 2013 3:35:41 PM

we have 18 of 22 starters returning.....technically 19 but i don't count nakamura. and of the other 3 positions....thomas started several games, fua has started several games. kearse started several games. this is far from being a problem. we're stacked on offense, a bit thin on defense but only at DT and DB and we still have moves to be made and the draft.

How is this a huge problem. edwards was nice. but edwards is not warren sapp. they could definitely offer more than a 1 year deal if he was really worth it. let's put this in perspective. he had more sacks last year than he had in 47 other starts (and 76games) combined. that could completely be a product of johnson and hardy.

you don't over reach on a 31 year old who had an uptick in his career. he needs to prove that another year before that's a solid keeper. smart move only offering the 1.

You guys are acting like we have 35 players signed and we have no possible way of signing the rest of our roster. we have 61 players under contract by my count. we have a good team in place. the panic is uninformed.


18 of 22 spots solid in MARCH. and options at ALL of the other 4 positions. i bet 80% of the league can't say that.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 14, 2013 3:53:35 PM

who does this guy think he is? he's lucky to be getting an offer.....

good terms of a contract for this average at best player.

Posted by: big gulps | Mar 14, 2013 4:05:47 PM

Ron Rivera should have been fired. almost 2 exact seasons...start slow finish fast when it don't count. And big hand to Marty Hurney for running this team in the ground years ago and it has screwed us for years.

Posted by: Pat Daddy | Mar 14, 2013 4:34:12 PM

Something that's never talked about really. Why not waive Jimmy Clausen? Not sure what the cap effect is but seems like Clausen is dead weight regardless. Couldn't this team free up some money by carrying only 2 active QBs and use Armanti Edwards as a last resort, emergency QB?

Posted by: PhilW1957 | Mar 14, 2013 4:43:50 PM

Cut Armanti Edwards and offer Dwan Edwards a two-year deal. Armanti Edwards is as useful as a pimple on a butt! Worst draft pick in the history of the Panthers franchise!

@ Pat: Ron Rivera hasn't had much to work with, with the holes at DT and the Secondary. Rivera has made some mistakes as a new coach, but this Panthers team does NOT have the personnel to position themselves as a playoff team.

Hey Dwan, if you have a better offer, then just take it. There's not much to leverage here in Charlotte. Good luck, Dwan.

Posted by: Bill James is a queer | Mar 14, 2013 5:14:09 PM

Most of these comments are like reading a Twighlight message board. Bunch of chunky girls that never played arguing over who is hotter, vampires or werewolves.

Posted by: Sports don | Mar 14, 2013 7:04:43 PM

hahahahahaha^^^^^ dude goes on twighlight message boards.

i agree with the notion of cutting clausen. I'm guessing it wouldn't save much but would save something. They should and probably will carry him to camp and make a decision then. You don't want to cut him now and then anderson or newton get hurt. The guy IS horrible but he at least knows the plays and the team.

Everyone clamoring for Armanti edwards to get cut do realize the dude makes like 500k and serves 3 or 4 purposes on the team.

and if we WANTED to give d edwards a 2 year offer we definitely could. he's just not worthy of anything extra. guys don't just wake up at 30 and become franchise defensive linemen worthy of multi year contracts with big signing bonus'.

at least use some facts to base your opinions on. it would be awesome.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 14, 2013 7:40:56 PM

hahahahahaha^^^^^ dude goes on twighlight message boards.

i agree with the notion of cutting clausen. I'm guessing it wouldn't save much but would save something. They should and probably will carry him to camp and make a decision then. You don't want to cut him now and then anderson or newton get hurt. The guy IS horrible but he at least knows the plays and the team.

Everyone clamoring for Armanti edwards to get cut do realize the dude makes like 500k and serves 3 or 4 purposes on the team.

and if we WANTED to give d edwards a 2 year offer we definitely could. he's just not worthy of anything extra. guys don't just wake up at 30 and become franchise defensive linemen worthy of multi year contracts with big signing bonus'.

at least use some facts to base your opinions on. it would be awesome.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 14, 2013 7:40:58 PM

We need to cut some people we like. D Will might have to go. I love him just like everyone else, but this is a business of winning and getting that ring. D Will is the most expensive and oldest RB. We have depth. In addition, we could get a Felix Jones type to backup J Stew on the cheap. We should at least shop him on the trade market to see what's up.

Tough decisions need to be made in order to get things done. As far as the guy who said we have 19 of 22 starters, that was with a 7-9 team. Do you really want all the same guys back. We need DT, S, CB and WR badly. I don't know about you guys, but LB depth should be important as well. I like that all our starting LBs are first rounders, but 2 of the 3 have injury history.

We need to pull the trigger on something...I'm getting tired of explaining to my friends that they'll get it done next year.

Posted by: Paul Hirsch | Mar 14, 2013 9:27:59 PM

@Paul Hirsch - If you have explain to your friends how the Panthers are going to get it done, then your friends are not fans. (end of story). Most of the teams making big splashes with FA's, are mortgaging their future. And that plan never works out well.. there are going to be over 400 FA's, once teams start cutting players for the draft and to get down to the 53 roster.. Be patient..

Posted by: catsnmbr1fan | Mar 14, 2013 11:37:19 PM

One can be both a fan and disgusted with the way this franchise has been run. They are not mutually exclusive.

Posted by: cmo | Mar 15, 2013 10:54:44 AM

Paul,

a 7-9 team who lost all but 2 games on 1 play. that's coaching not talent. Not to mention of the 18 or 19 guys....several of them are in their first few years....lafell, newton, norman, thomas, hardy, keuchly, silatolu, bell, all come to mind.


we don't need a WR until smitty is retiring. We have 5 young WR's to develop. Lafell and gettis have shown flashes. Edwards doesn't drop the few balls he's gotten and he's made a few big plays. Pilares has made a few big plays and also doesn't drop the few balls he gets. We have a great pass catching tight end.

WIDE RECEIVER IS NOT A PRIORITY.

Agree about DT, FS, and CB although if munnerlyn is coming back along with florence, that's 2 SOLID backups to our 2 young guys who will probably start and played well last year. FS and DT will be addressed in the draft and late free agency and we're good to go.

Williams is still running at an elite level he just didn't get carries last year. 4.3 a carry while running a ton of read option is SOLID. think about it....every time it looks good, cam keeps it. Every time it looks bad, he's handing it off. and he posts 4.3 per. which is good for 20th in the league last year with 2 quarterbacks included in those in front of him. and a 200 yard game when we finally give him the ball.

no. dude is poised for another big year. NEXT summer is a different story, but right now? dude is turning 30 next month, not 35. and he has less career carries than almost all of the other elite backs because of them splitting the backs' carries. we should ride williams/stewart all year and easily win 11 games or more.

this is not a mediocre talent team. the bucs have cap room because they didn't have anybody. we don't have caproom because we have a team already. and it IS a good team. I agree about the LB depth, but a tough choice had to be made either way. I probably would have gone davis, but it's hard to given how well he played last year.

we have drafted a ton of starters in late rounds, it's completely conceivable almost expected that we can land 2-3 starters in this draft. we have our 1,2,4,5,&6 round picks to us for DT, FS, and corner if we don't get munnerlyn back.

otherwise we're set. talent is not the problem with this team returning from last year. coaching was. hurney got fired because john fox wasn't retained. if he had been, we would have won more over the last 2 years.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2013 12:39:13 PM

Feel like Carolina isn't making the right moves this offseason. Still have 3 overpaid running backs (what team needs 3 high powered rb's?). 2 unreliable LBs (Beason & Davis) that are prone to injury. Add insult to injury and cut a good one in james Anderson. Beason, gross and Dwill could all use some contract reconstructing. Hmmmmmm, im obviously not close to a GM but im questioning some of these moves.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Mar 15, 2013 2:17:47 PM

Armanti Edwards is P.O.S. and is set to earn $750K. By getting rid of this App State turd, this is basically another Million dollars you can offer Dwan Edwards. It's not as if we need the little mascot any longer, as the guy who drafted this mistake is long gone. Armanti can either go to the Arena Football League or park cars.
After 3 years, you rednecks can't seem to get it through your thick skulls that Armanti sucks! Use Armanti's money and give it to Dwan...all $750,000 of it. It's not like the mascot's gonna make the team, come September.

Posted by: Rednecks are so stupid | Mar 15, 2013 4:02:22 PM

Panthers going to lose Murphy. They should look at Mohamed Massaquoi.

Posted by: par404 | Mar 15, 2013 4:32:00 PM

they don't need a wide receiver. smith, lafell, gettis, pilares, edwards, adams. we needed murphy last year because pilares and gettis were hurt, adams was a rookie and edwards was unproven. we don't need him this year.

and armanti is making $630k this year. not much more than the minimum. You are probably looking at his cap figure, not salary. and definitely can't understand how you can hate a teams 4th string wide receiver so much. insane.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2013 5:56:36 PM

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