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Carolina Panthers Extend Chandler, Jones and Addison


The Carolina Panthers agreed to contract extensions with three players that have proven that they belong in Charlotte.  According to Adam Schefter, OT Nate Chandler, DE Mario Addison and ST Colin Jones all came to terms on Wednesday afternoon.

Chandler is looking like he will be the starting LT for the Panthers in 2014, and by the looks of the signing, beyond.  Chandler is very athletic and has shown promise on the offensive line since being converted from defensive end.  He is battling with Byron Bell to be one of the starting offensive tackles, though Chandler has looked superb thus far.  The former-UCLA standout inked a three-year extension today.

Defensive end Mario Addison was heavily used in the rotation along the defensive line in 2013, and will continue to be used in that role in ’14.  Even with the drafting of Kony Ealy, Addison looks to be the first off the bench behind Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.  Addison signed to a two-year deal today and will look to build off the strong 2013 campaign.

Special Teams ace Colin Jones signed a two-year extension today as well, and will be counted on to continue producing on special teams.  Jones served as one of the premier gunners for Carolina, and also filled in some at back-up safety.  Getting Jones under wraps help secure a special teams unit that took some hits in free agency this offseason.

Though the Chandler deal stands out as the mega-important contract, all three signings are crucial to Carolina continuing to build from within.  GM Dave Gettleman has done a fantastic job securing important players at reasonable deals.  All three of these deals fit the mold of a Dave Gettleman-type team.

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