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Quinton Coples Leaves Meeting with Carolina Panthers without Contract

It was reported on Tuesday that defensive end Quinton Coples was in Carolina for a physical with the Panthers. However, the former first round pick left his meeting without signing a contract with the team.

Earlier Tuesday, it was reported by NFL Network's Rand Getlin that defensive end Quinton Coples was in Charlotte for a physical with the Carolina Panthers

https://twitter.com/Rand_Getlin/status/704677373094957058

However, later in the day ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted that Coples had left his meeting with the Panthers without signing a contract.

https://twitter.com/JosinaAnderson/status/704832382436818945

It remains to be seen the reason he didn't get a contract but a return to the state of North Carolina could be the best thing to turn around his career.

Coples was a star pass rusher at the University of North Carolina with 17.5 sacks over his last two seasons as a Tar Heel. He was able to parlay this success into being the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the NY Jets.

However, he has not been able to live up to the expectations with only 16.5 sacks in four seasons but failed to register a single sack last year. He was released by the Jets after nine games and was picked up by the Miami Dolphins but failed to register even a tackle in six games.

This would be the type of low-risk move GM Dave Gettleman has been known to make in free agency that has the potential to pay major dividends. He would provide the Panthers another possible candidate to start along the defensive line or at the very least work into a rotation.

The defensive end position is in flux with one starter retiring already this offseason, Jared Allen, and their other starter, Charles Johnson, appearing to be a prime candidate to be a cap casualty. It would make sense that Kony Ealy steps into the starting lineup for the upcoming season but if Johnson is let go, Coples has the potential to be the starter on the other side.

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