Dave Gettleman’s first move as the Panther’s new General Manager came when he signed veteran Defensive Tackle Colin Cole. Cole is now back in the NFL after a two year hiatus. His last season was with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, after being released prior to the 2011 season because of a season ending injury.
Cole isn’t the youngest player in the league, coming to the Panthers at 32 years old. He is a big body however, weighing in at 328 pounds. Cole has also recorded 128 tackles in his 7 years with the league.
The thing that comes to mind with the signing of Cole is this, are we trying to build other positions besides the Defensive Line? Most websites that have a mock draft in place have us picking up a DT, heck, even I said we should get Jonathon Hankins from Ohio State. But with the probable resigning or Dwan Edwards and Andre Neblett, and the development of Sione Fua, and now this, it seems that the Panthers are trying to go with veteran player’s age instead of the tenacity of younger players. You also have to remember that Greg Hardy can move into the DT spot and Frank Alexander can take his spot at DE. He could just a replacement for Ron Edwards, whose time with the Panthers is probably close to expiring, only time will tell.
I like the idea of rebuilding the defense somewhere else besides the Defensive Line, preferably the Secondary. My ideas are wishful thinking at best, but it’d be nice to see Talib, from New England, or Grimes, from the Falcons, both players will be free agents this year. But again, wishful thinking.
Never the less, Cole was a good pickup for his price, which was low. But what do you, the readers, think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.