The Carolina Panthers made a bit of a surprising roster move on Tuesday afternoon. They announced today that tight end Scott Simonson has been re-signed to the team and defensive end Lavar Edwards has been waived to make room on the roster for him.
Simonson, who was just waived last week to make room for cornerback Lou Young, played in Carolina’s first five games and did not record a catch. He played nine games with the Panthers last season and recorded the first catch of his career for 10 yards.
The waiving of Edwards ends his short time in Carolina. He was claimed off waivers at the start of the season this year and played in five games for the Panthers. He did manage to record his first career sack against the Vikings in Week 3 though.
Edwards will now search for his seventh team since 2013. In addition to the Panthers, he’s spent time with the Titans, Cowboys, Raiders, Bears and Bills.
Ultimately the addition of Simonson is not necessarily a surprise. He’s a very good blocking tight end and is familiar with the Carolina playbook. So it makes sense for them to bring him in.
What doesn’t make sense is the amount of tight ends that the team has added recently. Yesterday the Panthers claimed tight end Chris Manhertz off waivers from the New Orleans Saints. Now with Simonson on the team as well, they have four tight ends on the active roster.