The Panthers have a formidable pair of defensive tackles in Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, but they may be in the market for some veteran depth behind them this offseason.
According to multiple reports, former Dolphins and Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai visited with the Panthers this weekend. Soliai was released by the Falcons earlier this month after the second season of a five-year deal he signed before the 2014 season.
The quicker than anticipated departure from Atlanta came after Soliai’s role diminished in Dan Quinn’s first season as the team’s head coach. Soliai played 29 games and started 24 games in his two years with the Falcons and left Atlanta with 51 tackles and a sack on the stat sheet.
Soliai was with the Dolphins for seven years before heading to Atlanta and earned a reputation as a run stopper in the middle of Miami’s line. He will likely play that role with the Panthers or anyone else he signs with this offseason.