Panthers talking to Colin Cole about return

AP

When the Panthers signed defensive tackle Colin Cole last February, he had not appeared in an NFL game since 2010.

The shot on Cole wound up working out pretty well. Cole started 13 times for a defense that was essential to Carolina’s division title, recording 15 tackles and a sack. Ankle injuries had kept Cole, who was a starter for the Seahawks in 2009 and 2010, off the field for the two previous seasons.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that the Panthers are interested in an encore. The team is reportedly in contract talks with Cole, who made the veteran’s minimum of $840,000 last year. There haven’t been murmurs of other interest in Cole, so he likely won’t be making much more than the minimum next season either.

Although he started most of the season, Cole played fewer snaps than Dwan Edwards and Kawann Short overall and would likely be limited to a lower rung in the rotation again in 2014 if he winds up back with the Panthers.