Panthers officially re-sign DT Dwan Edwards to 1-year deal

3/28/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Carolina Panthers announced the re-signing of unrestricted free agent Dwan Edwards to a one-year deal on Wednesday.
Dwan Edwards was a key player on the defensive line for the Carolina Panthers last season, starting 14 games while posting a career-high six sacks, third-best among NFL defensive tackles. The nine-year veteran Dwan Edwards also had 52 tackles and one pass defensed in 2012. He will be returning as a starter on the Carolina Panthers’ interior defensive line.
"I'm definitely glad to be coming back to the Panthers and hope to take the next step by getting to the playoffs," said Dwan Edwards. "I had my best year last year and I want to build on that and improve on that."
The 31-year-old Dwan Edwards is a solid pass rusher who will continue to pressure the opposing quarterback from the middle of the defensive line while defensive ends  Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson  come off the edge.
Dwan Edwards will be returning not only to help the Carolina Panthers in a hopes of a playoffs run, but to also take on a leadership role on the defensive line.
"I feel like I can step into a leadership role now that I know guys and they know what I'm all about," said Dwan Edwards. "Hopefully, I can help some of our younger guys on the defensive line become better players."
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Dwan Edwards signed with the Carolina Panthers ahead of 2012 season after being released by the Buffalo Bills at the end of a two season stretch. Prior to that Dwan Edwards also spent five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, who originally selected him in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft.
The Oregon State product Dwan Edwards played in 97 games (with 61 starts), while recording 280 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven passes defensed over his NFL career.
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