In a move that shouldn’t be surprising what so ever, the Carolina Panthers have severed ties with Defensive Tackle Ron Edwards. Ron Edwards was a very unproductive member of the Panthers, after being sidelined during the entire 2011 season due to a tear in his triceps during his first training camp as a Carolina Panther. He then went on to start 11 games of the 2012, and then promptly injured himself with a dislocated elbow. The move made by new General Manager Dave Gettleman ended up freeing 2.5 million dollars for the franchise.
Rivera had this to say about Ron Edwards, in a press release sent to the Carolina Panthers website yesterday, “We appreciate the contributions that Ron has made to the Panthers the past two seasons, he set a great example on and off the field for our young players and we wish him well moving forward.”
Though the Panthers haven’t exactly been fantastic with their choices for Defensive Linemen, they seemed to have found their mojo in the most recent season. With Greg Hardy and Dwan Edwards having breakout seasons, and amazing production out of Charles Johnson. The Panthers found a formula that seemed to work for them. Not to mention the Panthers found a diamond in the rough, so to speak, with their number three Defensive Tackle, Frank Kearse.
Kearse ended the season with one sack and thirteen tackles. We cannot forget the two other Defensive Linemen that contributed to the Panthers success, second year Panther Sione Fua and the first acquisition of the Panthers off-season, Colin Cole.
To go along with Ron Edwards and his departure from the Carolina Panthers, Dave Gettleman has also restructured Tight End Greg Olsen’s contract. Greg Olsen became the most productive Tight End in Carolina Panthers history after breaking Wesley Walls’ single season records for receptions and receiving yards. His restructured contract will end up saving the Panthers 750,000 dollars.
Olsen became the fourth Panther to negotiate a pay cut, following in Ryan Kalil’s, Jonathon Stewart’s, and Haruki Nakamura’s footsteps. Alongside the four of them it is expected that Dwan Edwards, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Tolbert will also be negotiating similar contract deals.
It seems to me that Charlotte, North Carolina is the place where players want to be. Maybe this could lead to a bigger free agent pickup. It has already been stated on the site that Mike Wallace would be a great potential pickup, but Danny Amendola would also be a fantastic pickup. What do you, the readers, think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.