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March 03, 2015

DT Colin Cole re-signs with Panthers

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman makes no secret about his affinity for big linemen -- and he's bringing back one of the biggest on the roster.

Defensive tackle Colin Cole has re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year deal worth $1.05 million, a league source told the Observer on Tuesday.

ESPN's John Clayton was the first to report the signing.

Cole, 6-2 and 330 pounds, has been part of the Panthers' interior line rotation the past two seasons. And though he turns 35 in June, Cole was out of the NFL for two seasons before the Panthers signed him in 2013.

Dwan Edwards, another member of the defensive tackle rotation, also is set to become a free agent next month.

Edwards' agent has met with the Panthers, and it's possible the 33-year-old Edwards returns, as well.

Cole and Edwards are the veterans of a group that includes third-year tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, Carolina's first- and second-round picks in 2013.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 3, 2015 at 01:02 PM | Permalink


Good move. A proven "space eater" for not too much cash!

Posted by: lanman1203 | Mar 3, 2015 1:23:11 PM

Great move to keep some DL depth.

Posted by: Rick | Mar 3, 2015 3:27:26 PM

Good work getting him back! Let's hope we do the same w Edwards! Another monster D line shaping up!!

Posted by: AGap | Mar 3, 2015 4:55:31 PM

What about Steve Smith?
Love me some #89!

Posted by: Jerry RIchardson | Mar 3, 2015 5:01:44 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 4, 2015 9:34:53 AM

Cam should be working on his quaterback craft instead of hanging out at clubs and yes, Cam is still AWFUL!!!

Posted by: Cam is awful | Mar 4, 2015 10:32:55 AM

Kraken is getting released.

Posted by: Cam is awful | Mar 4, 2015 10:33:52 AM

Look to go after Chris Harris Jr.

Posted by: BofAFan | Mar 5, 2015 5:01:16 PM

We should trade for Jay Cutler.

Posted by: Colin Jones | Mar 8, 2015 10:00:12 AM

Seriously, no posts since March 3rd?
Busy NFL free agency time, WTF are you guys doing?

Posted by: BD | Mar 10, 2015 10:09:36 PM

not mad at any of the moves thus far except williams. just seems like they could have gotten 1 more year out of him and used the draft pick elsewhere before drafting a top notch RB next year (or having this year to develop a draft pick from this years draft before cutting him loose).

I just don't see how saving that 2 million and roster spot helped us more than hurt us. especially when you probably could have gotten williams to play for a little less and shaved some of that 2 million off the cap while still keeping him for 1 more year. either way, situation was handled much better than smith. smith was cut later in the year if i'm not mistaken. cutting williams before free agency at least gave him the option to pursue a deal along with every other free agent.

unlike last year's mass exodus....we have less holes to fill going into the draft and even fewer going into camp which should be a major positive. just do not understand why they did what they did last offseason.

defensive backfield and offensive line are again the biggest holes, but you know benwikere and norman are at least capable, boston at least has experience, and harper is under contract. o-line has a starting unit, but could definitely still use a top flight tackle to stir in. if turner and silatolu are 100% healthy, that would go a long way.

but again....now we HAVE to draft a RB when we could have put that off a year and used a 1st or 2nd on one.

i wouldn't draft a receiver this year unless one just screams at you round 2-4 or has a lot of special teams attributes. we have 4 capable guys and 1 reasonably capable guy in bersin. just isn't a need. tackle-corner-safety-RB-OLB in that order.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 11, 2015 6:55:23 AM

Charlottean, the Panthers need to sign me. I can play tackle and OLB. I can also return kicks. I have some great moves that I've been practicing.

Posted by: John Downing | Mar 12, 2015 11:02:17 AM

Best mock draft site has Gurley available in 1st - and we pass. Mike Davis available in the 4th - and we pass. Lets hope Gettleman is smarter than the mock draft site.

Posted by: chacha | Mar 13, 2015 2:33:50 PM

don't count on gettleman being smarter than anybody. fortunately he's not wheeling and dealing with stupidity. he's careful, but he isn't smart. although, i don't think we need to take gurley in the 1st coming off his injury.

i just don't think RB is the primary need unless we're getting a sure-fire no-doubt 1,000 yard guy with no red flags. gurley has 2 red flags - injury and discipline.

neither stewart or williams had red flags coming out. stewart had the nagging foot injury but that hasn't been the problem for him missing games in the pros just like he didn't miss the games in college.

much more important to get a tackle or corner or safety at the top of the draft. but again, this is why i don't think cutting williams was smart. guys under 2 million just aren't better replacements. just like guys under 2 million weren't better than smith last year. that's where gettleman is killing himself. he's cutting guys just to do it. if we were actually saving money, i'd be fine with it. but he's cutting guys who still have gas in the tank and he isn't saving money or upgrading the position in the process. did it with beason, smith, now williams. i expect johnson and kalil are next.

can't win with dead money on the cap. it's highly inefficient. he blames hurney but hurney didn't cut the talent.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2015 4:49:36 PM

If Gurley drops to us, we should take him. Gurleys injury is our godsend at 25. We can start Oher at LT. Do you see Stewart being able to carry most of the load all season? Me neither. And as good as Fozzy ran last year, Gurley is special. The jersey signing for cash was a bunch of trumped up hoohaa. Besides, he'll be getting paid soon enough anyway.
If still queasy about not taking a OT/CB early, Mike Davis in the fourth would be a steal.

Posted by: chacha | Mar 13, 2015 7:59:43 PM

I think Gettleman has been too quick to cut, too. Has he ever heard the term "trade"? But we can't argue the results. Two playoff runs and counting.

Posted by: chacha | Mar 13, 2015 8:52:41 PM

trade? you mean like when he traded tony gaffney to new england along with his signing bonus for nothing in return?

or was it beason for the conditional 7th rounder to be the defensive captain for the giants? as disposable as you might view beason, he was a pro bowler at outside linebacker and played at the level for the 2nd half of that year. was hurt all last year, but the giants saw enough to extend him prior, and even keep him after opting to restructure as opposed to cut him loose.

guys get hurt. we saw with thomas davis what being patient with elite talent can do.

williams is going to start at least at the beginning of the year for pittsburgh. i wouldn't be surprised if he has the kind of year steve smith did this past year, even if he does end up the #2 guy the rest of the season.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 14, 2015 3:51:14 PM

Don't forget cutting Godfrey for Harper at safety. Nothing against Harper but where was the upgrade and speed gained w that move??

Posted by: chacha | Mar 14, 2015 10:20:38 PM

because genius thought it was a great idea to move a safety coming off an injury.......to corner. absolutely unprecedented move. corners get hurt and get moved to safety. made absolutely no sense.

would have been better than decoud and boston at least.

not only did we pay godfrey to go away....he went to atlanta to give them scouting information.

falcons meanwhile, just resigned godfrey to a $1.5 million contract. gettleman just has a knack for getting rid of guys who were here before him.....just to do so.....and at the expense of the team. just too much dead money on the cap in the gettleman era.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2015 8:04:20 PM

Went to the sports store to freshen up some workout clothes today. All kinds of great stuff!

Posted by: JoeyButtafuoco | Mar 15, 2015 8:52:41 PM

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