CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers announced they've released starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards in a move that frees up $2.5 million in salary cap space.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the 12-year NFL veteran "set a great example on and off the field for our young players. We wish him well moving forward."
Edwards started 11 games in 2012, recording 16 tackles and one sack before an elbow injury ended his season. Edwards missed all over 2011 with a torn triceps after signing with Carolina. Edwards has played in 139 games with 96 starts, recording 239 tackles and 16.5 sacks.
Despite restructuring the contracts of center Ryan Kalil, safety Haruki Nakamura, tight end Greg Olsen and tailback Jonathan Stewart, the Panthers are about $6.5 million over the projected NFL salary cap.