CHARLOTTE – Lavar Edwards, a journeyman defensive end waived by the Buffalo Bills in the final roster cutdown, has been claimed by the Panthers.
To make room on the newly minted 53-man roster, the Panthers waived defensive end Wes Horton, a run-stopping specialist who was also waived by Carolina in 2014 and 2015 and ended last season on the practice squad. Horton originally signed an undrafted rookie with the Panthers in 2013 and has played in 34 games (17 starts) with 42 tackles and six sacks.
A fifth-round draft choice out of LSU in 2013, Edwards has spent time with five franchises and has played regular season snaps for three. In 12 career games, he has 11 tackles, three quarterback hurries and three passes defensed.
"We think he's an explosive guy. There's some really good film on him from Buffalo," head coach Ron Rivera said. "The scouts and (general manager) Dave (Gettleman) and (assistant GM) Brandon Beane and that crew worked late last night looking for guys. We got in, there was a list of guys, and he was one of the guys we looked at that we felt strongly about."
Edwards' most extensive action came as a rookie with the team that drafted him, the Tennessee Titans, when he played in seven games and recorded 10 tackles. He appeared in four games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and recorded one tackle and last appeared in a regular season game Week 2 last year with the Arizona Cardinals. He also made brief appearances on the 53-man roster in Buffalo and Oakland in addition to multiple stints on the Cowboys' practice squad.
Also, the Panthers reached an injury settlement with linebacker Ben Jacobs and released him from injured reserve. Jacobs had suffered a quad injury in Carolina's final preseason game versus Pittsburgh.