Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman decided adding just one pass rusher this week wasn’t enough.
The Panthers signed defensive end Ryan Delaire off Washington’s practice squad, the team announced Wednesday morning. To make room for Delaire on the roster, Carolina released veteran defensive tackle Colin Cole.
Delaire, an undrafted rookie out of Towson, had been with Tampa Bay in training camp. The Buccaneers cut him before the final roster deadline in September, and he signed with Washington two days later, where he stayed on the practice squad through the first three weeks of the season.
Delaire had 22 ½ sacks and five forced fumbles in his final two seasons at Towson. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds at the NFL scouting combine in February, Delaire is now listed at 265 pounds, which would likely make him a right defensive end that rushes a quarterback’s blind side.
Cole, 35, is an 11-year veteran who was out of football for three years until the Panther signed him in 2013. He appeared in all but one game through his first two seasons in Carolina, but his activity diminished this season with the emergence of Kyle Love.
As Star Lotulelei returned to health last week, Cole was inactive for the win against New Orleans.
The Panthers need more production out of their pass rush. In the past two games, quarterbacks have dropped back to pass 98 times and the defensive line has generated just one sack.
Tuesday, left defensive end Charles Johnson was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return on Thanksgiving. Also on Tuesday, the Panthers finalized a trade with Chicago for veteran end Jared Allen, who’s ninth all-time in career sacks and leads all active players in the category.