After spending five years in Kansas City, defensive tackle Ron Edwards decided to leave for a three-year, $8.5 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. A week after signing that contract, and on the first day he was allowed to practice, Edwards’ first season with the Panthers is already likely over.
The 11-year veteran tore his triceps on Friday and will need to have potentially season-ending surgery.
New Panthers head coach Ron Rivera had hoped Edwards would mentor rookie defensive tackle Sione Fua. Instead of doing most of that mentoring in uniform, on the field, Edwards will instead be forced to do what he can in street clothes while Fua gets thrown into the fire.
A tough break for one of the few players that the Chiefs were always able to count on to show up and get the job done. He never missed a game during his time in Kansas City and even at 32 wasn’t showing signs of slowing down.