Panthers pull a switcheroo at DE

Today the Carolina Panthers announced that they have signed OLB Antwan Applewhite and released DE George Selvie. This is very much a move to bring in some familar faces as Applewhite played as a 3-4 OLB in Rivera's system in San Diego from 2008-2010. 

In 2010 he started thirteen games for the Chargers amassing 48 tackles and 3 sacks from the position. The 25 year old California native is smaller at 6'3", 258 lbs and I believe he could potentially be a rush OLB on 3rd down situations, while also adding some depth on special teams.

One wonders if this move has any effect on the Panthers' chances of making a trade for Seahawks' OLB Aaron Curry. The move to get a player who has experience as a linebacker coupled with the signing of Kion Wilson yesterday (another Chargers' linebacker) could definitely lead us to believe the Panthers eyes are no longer on Curry (if they ever really were). After the jump we have the career stats for Applewhite.

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2010 San Diego Chargers 16 13 48 37 11 3.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
2009 San Diego Chargers 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --
2008 San Diego Chargers 14 0 20 16 4 0.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 68 53 15 3.5 0 2 0 0 -- 0 0 2

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