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Carolina Panthers release 12-year veteran DT Dwan Edwards

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, right, sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during an NFC playoff game at Bank of America Stadium in January.
Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, right, sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during an NFC playoff game at Bank of America Stadium in January. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Panthers parted ways with veteran defensive tackle Dwan Edwards despite the 34-year-old having one year left on his contract.

Edwards’ release will save the Panthers $1.6 million in cap space.

“Dwan represents what we look for in defensive tackles,” general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. “He was smart, tough, played with discipline and was team-oriented. His contributions played a key role in what we are building here and his leadership will be missed. We wish him the best.”

A 12-year veteran, Edwards spent the last four seasons in Carolina after stops in Buffalo and Baltimore. He had 14 sacks in his four seasons with the Panthers, but just one in 2015.

He signed a two-year contract extension worth $4 million last March. Edwards was set to count $2.1 million against the cap in 2016, when he’d be 35 years old.

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