The Carolina Panthers have now secured their top two targets from their own free-agent pool this offseason.
Just two days after the Panthers locked up cornerback Captain Munnerlyn for another year, the Panthers and veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards agreed on a deal that would keep Edwards with the team for at least the 2013 season, according to two league sources.
Edwards was in Miami on Thursday and Friday visiting with the Dolphins, and terms of the deal with Carolina were not disclosed. The Panthers offered Edwards a one-year, $1.5 million deal at the start of free agency that he rejected, looking instead for a longer, more lucrative deal rather than a facsimile of the one he signed when he came to Carolina.
"I definitely feel like I overachieved for what I signed for," Edwards said in an interview with the Observer last week. "I feel like I have a lot left in the tank. I played hurt and did the best I could for a young team."
Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said this week he believed the team had a "puncher's chance" at re-signing both Munnerlyn and Edwards despite sitting about $3 million under the $123 salary cap for this season.
A nine-year veteran whom the Panthers acquired just before the start of the 2012 season after being cut by the Bills, Edwards finished third on the team in sacks with six. That total was good for second among all NFC defensive tackles.
Last season he teamed up alongside veteran nose tackle Ron Edwards, and the tandem were part of a starting defensive line that finished with 29.5 sacks. The Panthers cut Ron Edwards, whose season ended early with an injured elbow, in an attempt to get under the cap
Had Dwan Edwards not been re-signed by the Panthers, it would have left Carolina extremely thin at that position. Earlier in the offseason the Panthers brought on Colin Cole, who has not played in the NFL in two seasons. Another option would have been Sione Fua, whose production tailed off at the end of the season.
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