Ed Dickson 'likely' to sign with Panthers, per report

Larry French

The idea of running a two tight end set is gaining traction.

Weapons need to come from somewhere if you're an NFL team without wide receivers. Help could come in the form of tight end Ed Dickson, who is visiting with the Panthers are expected to sign -- according to Aaron Wilson.

Dickson had a breakout season in 2011 when he finished with over 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns. His role never increased and was unable to break out when Dennis Pitta was injured last year. Dickson caught 25 passes for 273 yards and a touchdown in 2013.

If signed he gives the Panthers a tight end tandem akin to that of 2011, when Greg Olsen paired with Jeremy Shockey during Cam Newton's rookie season. The 26-year-old tight end would likely be offered one of Dave Gettleman's patented one-year deals, but represents a significant talent upgrade to the overall offense.

Moreover, Dickson would give Newton another tall end zone target -- something he's lacked but sorely needed.

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