One of the areas the Carolina Panthers needed to address was depth at defensive tackle, well according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport they addressed that with Paul Soliai. The two sides agreed to a two-year deal on Monday worth $7 million.
Soliai was a key free agent signing two offseasons ago by the Atlanta Falcons when they signed him to a five-year, $33 million dollar contract. However, he didn't necessarily fit in Dan Quinn's defense and was unwilling to take a pay cut so the Falcons decided to release him last week.
The question now is how does Soliai fit into the Panthers' defense. He is not a threat to get to the quarterback like Kawann Short or even Star Lotulelei, and only has 5.5 sacks in nine season. He has had some of his best seasons as a nose tackle in 3-4 defenses and this is due to the fact that he is a big body that plugs running lanes.
The Panthers meanwhile get the depth they were desperately needing at defensive tackle. The team released Dwan Edwards earlier this offseason and Kyle Love is currently a free agent so the addition of the former Pro Bowl tackle is a big boost for this defensive line.