THURSDAY, 9:37am: Cole’s one-year contract with the Panthers, which is now official, has a total base value of $1.125MM, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, who breaks down the specifics via Twitter.
TUESDAY, 4:23pm: The Panthers have agreed to terms with Colin Cole, and will bring the veteran defensive tackle back to Carolina on a one-year deal, reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter).
A Toronto native, the 33-year-old Cole was a starter for the Seahawks in 2009 and 2010 before being out of the NFL for two years due in part to ankle problems. Cole returned to the field in 2013 for the Panthers, starting 13 games for the team and appearing in 335 defensive snaps.
Although he ranked in the bottom 10 qualified defensive tackles according to Pro Football Focus’ grades (subscription required), Cole will likely be relied upon as a depth piece on Carolina’s line, and figures to play a part-time role for the club once again in 2014.