In a move that comes as a bit of a surprise, the Panthers have cut ties with 2011 3rd round draft pick Terrell McClain. McClain struggled as a rookie, enjoying little success in 2011. In his place, the Panthers have signed Defensive Tackle Dwan Edwards. Edwards spent the last two seasons in Buffalo, spending his first five seasons in Baltimore. Throughout his career Edwards has primarily played as a 3-4 DE, however, last season he did accrue some experience as a three technique in Buffalo's Defense. Edwards is technically sound, and unlike some of our other DT's, achieves good pad level, and knows where and how to use his hands, getting good push on the pocket. Last season Edwards finished with 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 starts. It wouldn't be surprising if Edwards holds onto the starting job for the entire season.
In terms of salary, Edwards has signed an undisclosed deal, however as a frame, Edwards was slated to receive 4.175 million dollars last season. With the return of Kyle Williams, and the emergence of Marcel Dareus, the Bills decided to dump Edwards and shave roughly four million dollars in salary cap.
Hat tip to HooverFish for posting the news in a fanshot.
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