Panthers agree to terms with DT Ron Edwards

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Ron Edwards.

The 32-year-old Edwards could start right away at nose tackle, alongside rookie defensive tackle Terrell McClain from South Florida.

He also could mentor the team's other third-round pick, nose tackle Sione Fua from Stanford. Adding a veteran defensive tackle was considered the team's top need in free agency outside of re-signing its own free agents.

ESPN reported the three-year deal is worth $8.25 million.

Edwards spent his first five seasons with the Buffalo Bills and the last five with the Kansas City Chiefs, registering 192 career tackles and 15.5 sacks. He started 15 games last season for the Chiefs.