Panthers sign DT Edwards; cut DT McClain

Associated Press Modified: September 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm •  Published: September 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers parted ways Sunday with defensive tackle Terrell McClain, last year's third-round draft pick, and replaced him with free agent Dwan Edwards, an eight-year veteran who was cut Friday by the Buffalo Bills.

Terms of Edwards' deal were not immediately available.

Edwards, 31, played the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills after spending six years with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Edwards has played in 85 games with 45 starts during his NFL career. He had 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks last year for the Bills.

Although McClain started 12 games last year as a rookie, the Panthers were unhappy with his lack of consistency in training camp.

"Terrell played well in spots for us last year but every year you have to be the best you can at evaluating players," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said. "It was just a lack of consistency plus the fact that we had an opportunity to get a guy like Dwan Edwards."

Hurney called Edwards "the ultimate pro" and a player with tremendous work ethic.

Coach Ron Rivera was pleased with the move and feels it will be an upgrade for the Panthers defense.

"Dwan gives us something we didn't really see in training camp and that is a guy who's a dominant force at the three technique," Rivera said. "We had a couple of guys that were young and learning and trying to develop and come back but didn't field what we were looking for. Dwan is a big physical guy who's explosive off the ball and is a vertical rusher. And that's what we're looking for."

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