Panthers keep starting defensive tackle Colin Cole

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Colin Cole will stay with the Panthers for at least another year.

Cole, a defensive tackle who started 13 games for the Panthers last season, has agreed to a one-year contract, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. That means the Panthers’ excellent front seven from 2013 will return intact in 2014.

The 2013 season was a tremendous comeback for Cole, who should have received some Comeback Player of the Year consideration. After missing the entire 2011 and 2012 seasons with ankle injuries, Cole was a big part of a very good defense in Carolina.

Now the 33-year-old Cole is poised to be a big part of the Panthers’ defense again.