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April 08, 2014

Panthers agree to terms with DT Colin Cole

The Panthers are rebuilding their secondary and receiving corps. But the defensive front seven - the team's strength during the 12-win season in 2013 -- will return intact.

Defensive tackle Colin Cole, who started 13 games for the Panthers last season after being out of football for two years due to injury, has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Carolina, a league source said Tuesday.

Cole and defensive end Greg Hardy were the only members of the starting front seven eligible for free agency. Hardy signed a franchise tender last month that guarantees him $13.1 million this season.

And while Cole's deal will be worth considerably less -- likely a slight bump from his $840,000 salary in 2013 -- the 6-2, 335-pound nose tackle was a valuable piece of the league's second-ranked defense last season.

Cole stepped into the starting lineup after injuries to Dwan Edwards and played 31 percent of the defensive snaps, helping keep blockers off linebackers Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 8, 2014 at 05:26 PM | Permalink


Love the signing

Posted by: PantherHead | Apr 8, 2014 5:52:00 PM

Glad he's returning! We keep a monster D front in tact!

Posted by: Ogy | Apr 8, 2014 6:44:26 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Apr 9, 2014 9:59:57 AM

defense only has 2 question marks left.....replacing munnerlyn and either replacing or restructuring godfrey.

still 3 holes on offense and that's assuming bell is resigned and either williams or kugbila starts at right guard.

lot of holes to fill in 1 draft and from scraps from other teams.

Posted by: charlottean | Apr 9, 2014 10:15:18 AM

question marks? i'm using one exclamation point. replacing munnerlyn!

Posted by: HashMark | Apr 9, 2014 10:39:17 AM

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