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In this edition of The Free Agent Report I will take a look at a defensive tackle that could be brought into Carolina in order to keep a strong rotation at the DT position, if the team is looking not to resign Colin Cole and not pick up any college prospects in this upcoming draft.
The Panther's did draft two anchors for years to come at the DT position in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short in last years draft and both have done an excellent job in being able to stabilize that position. In order to keep it a strength and not have Short or Lotulelei get wore down through the course of a specific game and throughout the course of a season. It is paramount in the fact the Panthers need to keep a solid rotation in order to keep them fresh. Let us take a look at a very productive and serviceable DT that could come into the fold and would not miss a beat helping keep a dominant front four.
Tony McDaniel of the world champion Seattle Seahawks is a 2014 UFA and helped make Seattle's defense one of the top 3 in the league last season. McDaniel is known for his run stuffing abilities more so than his pass rushing skills. He although still possesses a better pass rush than Carolina received from Colin Cole last season. It is still McDaniel's run stuffing ability that Carolina will need to replace if Colin Cole is not brought back. Now McDaniel stands a whopping 6' 7" tall and weighs in at 305 lbs. He is 29 years old and is much younger than Cole (33) or Dwan Edwards (32) both of the DT's we have in our current rotation behind Kawann and Star. McDaniel also has roots here being he grew up in Columbia S.C. and played his college football at the University of Tennessee.
Per NFL.com Tony McDaniel's Career Stats
You might be asking yourself why would Seattle not just resign him for another stint after he played well in his one year deal for them? Seattle could possibly resign McDaniel to another offer sheet to remain with the world champs and he most likely would accept that offer to be on a team that has it eyes set on many more Super Bowl runs. In all reality Seattle already has Brandon MeBane, Jordan Hill, and a plethora of rookie defensive tackles they still need to get on the field. Plus they can resign another one of their rotational DT's in Clinton McDonald for cheaper than they can keep McDaniel for. I am in the line of thinking if McDaniel does hit the open market the Panther's could make a real move to deepen their defensive tackles for the next few seasons by giving him a deal in the range of 3 years 5 million dollars basically just costing the team a little over 1.5 million per season for a quality DT to add to the fold and rotation, being McDaniel is still only 29 years old. I personally think McDaniel would be a nice fit in Carolina. He would bring a veteran presence and championship mindset to the team as in the same manner as Chase Blackburn and Domenik Hixon were brought in to do last off season.