Panthers Cut Colin Cole, Sign Ryan Delaire

The Panthers continue to make changes on their defensive line, adding another pass rusher and dropping a veteran defensive tackle to do so. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter), Carolina has signed defensive end Ryan Delaire from Washington’s practice squad, releasing Colin Cole to create room on the 53-man roster.

Delaire initially signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Towson this spring, and the $15K signing bonus he received from Tampa Bay was one of the largest for any UDFA. However, he didn’t earn a spot on the club’s regular season roster, and landed on Washington’s taxi squad shortly after being cut by the Bucs. He’ll join a Panthers squad that will be without top pass rusher Charles Johnson for at least the next eight weeks, as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Cole, meanwhile, has been a key player for the Panthers since 2013, starting 26 of the 31 regular season games he played for the team during his first two seasons with the team. He has seen his part-time role reduced even further early in 2015 though, with Kawann Short, Dwan Edwards, and Kyle Love seeing most of the playing time at defensive tackle. Cole played just 49 defensive snaps during the first three weeks.

As David Newton of points out, the Panthers’ decision to release Cole “speaks volumes” about how the team feels about Love, as well as highlighting Carolina’s need at defensive end. Delaire is the second defensive end added to the roster this week, joining Jared Allen, who was acquired in a trade with the Bears.

Cole will immediately become a free agent without having to pass through waivers, so he’ll be free to join any team. His one-year, minimum salary benefit contract with Carolina included a modest $80K signing bonus, so the Panthers won’t carry much dead money on their cap after parting ways with him.

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4 comments on “Panthers Cut Colin Cole, Sign Ryan Delaire

  1. R Lee Earl

    Cole was over-the-hill last year (a -9.8 PFF grade), and I was surprised they re-signed him, but he didn’t cost much. This was why I argued that they needed to draft a young pass rushing DT or NT, but GM G-man gave away 4 draft picks, so they couldn’t.

  2. R Lee Earl

    DE Ryan Delaire has no business being on an NFL roster, he’s a practice squad player at best, but now he’s stuck on the roster for at least the next 3 weeks.

    Delaire (6’4 1/8″, 254, but listed at 250, 32 1/2″ arms, and 10 3/8″ hands) is a thin, lite weight DE, who performed poorly at the Combine. He’s too thin to be a 4-3 DE, who lacks long speed (4.97-40, in the bottom 10% for DE’s over the last 10 years), and his short speed is also below average (1.68-10, average is 1.64, and the bottom 10% starts at 1.71). A DE can be either small or slow, but not both.

    I my opinion, my suggestion over the last few days of recent Patriots cut Eric Martin would have been a far better signing. Martin (listed at 6’2″, 250, but at his 2013 Pro Day he measured 6’0 3/4″, 237, 32 3/4″ arms, and 9’7/8″ hands) showed great speed at his Pro Day, running a 4.53-40 (in the top 10% for DE’s, and only 1/100th of a second short of the top 10% for OLB’s), 1.61-10 (above average for DE’s and average for OLB’s), 6.63-3 cone (in the top 10% for all positions, WR’s are 6.67, OLB’s 6.85, and DE’s 6.93), and a 3.97-20 yard shuttle (in the top 10% for all positions, WR’s are 4.05, OLB’s 4.11, and DE’s 4.18). As you can see, Martin has overwhelming speed for a pass rusher, and though he’s sort of a tweener (DE/OLB) in the NFL, like Delaire, his fantastic speed sets him apart. As a DE at Nebraska in 2012, he had 18 TFL’s, and 8.5 sacks.

    • Mikie Lawing

      But, it’s about money.

    • Timmy

      Well now you look real smart, he looked like he didn’t belong on the field Sunday, right?

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