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Friday, February 8, 2013

Colin Cole

Carolina added vet DT Colin Cole, who did not play in the 2011 or 2012
seasons, to a future contract.

The 6'2, 325 lb NT is a veteran of the Seahawks and Packers. His time
off includes an ill-timed ankle injury that saw him on the physically
unable to perform list in training camp, and then cut at the end of
camp, in 2011. He had the injury in 2010, missing five games and then
returning; a second offseason surgery is what took him out for 2011. I
can't find much on why he couldn't make it in 2012, or whether anyone
was interested.

If healthy and able, Cole is a massive 32 year old NT. If that sounds
familiar, it's similar to 33 year old Ron Edwards (a 325 lb journeyman
NT). Edwards missed all of 2011 and half of 2012, and would be worth
$2.4 million if released.

Of course, Cole wouldn't be a rock-solid replacement at this point,
either, and if the team was bolstering the NT spot without Edwards, it
would require a lot more than just Cole. However, it's expected that if
Cole can make the field, he'll be good veteran depth at a rock bottom
price. So, maybe it works out. I could completely see him starting
games; I could see him being cut in early parts of camp. Low risk
either way.
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