Colin Cole was living in Charlotte two years ago when he called the Carolina Panthers and asked if they needed a defensive tackle.
It turned out to be a fortuitous phone call.
Cole, who was out of the NFL for two seasons before joining the Panthers in 2013, re-signed with Carolina on a one-year deal Tuesday, the team announced.
The deal is worth $1.05 million, according to a league source. But because Cole agreed to the veteran minimum salary, his salary cap number will be $665,000.
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It’s the third one-year contract the Panthers have given to Cole, who has 26 starts and has played in 31 of a possible 32 games since coming to Charlotte. Cole had 28 tackles and a fumble recovery last season.
Cole, at 6-foot-2 and 330 pounds, is the space-clogging component in the Panthers’ interior line rotation. And though he turns 35 in June, Cole has the benefit of having had those two years off after Seattle cut him before the 2011 season.
Dwan Edwards, another member of the defensive tackle rotation, also is set to become a free agent next week. Edwards’ agent met with the Panthers at the scouting combine last month, and it’s possible the 33-year-old Edwards returns, as well.
Cole and Edwards are the veterans of a group that includes third-year tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short, Carolina’s first- and second-round picks in 2013.
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