Panthers to bring in run-stuffer?

The Carolina Panthers were an impressive third in the league in run defense in 2005, but don't expect them to stand pat on that number heading into next season. In fact, the Panthers are likely to replace veteran Brentson Buckner with a free agent defensive tackle who specializes in stopping the run.

Carolina expects two-time All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins back from a knee operation and while they certainly like young and gutsy Jordan Carstens, he is by all accounts, slightly undersized and better off as a fill-in player on the line. Carstens was flattened in the NFC Championship Game by All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson of Seattle.

There's not much depth out there in free agency at defensive tackle, but one name to keep an eye on is veteran Grady Jackson, who played last season with Green Bay.

Buckner has played 12 seasons in the NFL at defensive tackle, playing in 176 games, so you know his body has taken some punishment.

Buckner was also flagged for four defensive holding penalties this past season, a rare penalty for an NFL lineman.

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