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Panthers re-sign DE Mario Addison to three-year deal

Posted February 26

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— The Carolina Panthers have re-signed defensive end Mario Addison to a three-year deal, the team announced Sunday evening.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team.

Addison, now under contract through 2019, led the team with a career-high 9.5 sacks last season

"Mario has shown he is one of the best emerging pass rushers in the league and he deserves this contract," Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. "He consistently affects the quarterback, and we envision an increased role for him in our defense.

"He's a pro in the way he approaches the game and brings an upbeat attitude to our locker room. We're thrilled he will continue his career with the Panthers."

Addison tallied eight sacks in the final eight weeks of the 2016 season and helped guide Carolina to 47 total sacks, ranked second in the National Football League behind the Arizona Cardinals.

“My family loves it here, and I love it here, too. I’m very excited to be here,” Addison said. “The guys that I play with are like my brothers. I’ve been here since 2012, and we’ve built a great bond. The coaches are like brothers to me, too. I don’t think there’s another locker room like this.

“I’m just going to give it my all like I always have and continue to improve and develop into the player I know I can be.”

The six-year veteran was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Troy in 2011 by Chicago and also spent time with the Indianapolis and Washington before being singed off the Redskins’ practice squad on Dec. 4, 2012.

Addison has tallied 62 tackles, 25.5 sacks – 22 in the past three seasons – five forced fumbles and one safety in 64 games with the Panthers.

For his career, Addison has appeared in 78 regular season games with four starts and tallied 89 tackles, 25.5 sacks, 85 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles, four fumble recovers two passes defended.

Three unrestricted free agents on the defensive line remain for Carolina: defensive end Charles Johnson and defensive tackles Kawann Short and Kyle Love. Carolina has also yet to sign restricted free agent defensive end Wes Horton.

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