The Panthers are about to reduce their remaining workload again, as they're set to sign third-round pick Armanti Edwards before the end of the week, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.
That would give them eight of their 10 draft picks under contract, with only second-round QB Jimmy Clausen and third-round WR Brandon LaFell to go and three weeks before the first practice (July 29).
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Edwards will sign a four-year deal, with approximately $710,000 in signing bonus.
The 89th overall pick in the draft, the Panthers gave next year's second-rounder to New England to obtain him in a draft-day trade.
The converted QB from Appalachian State impressed during spring practices, but will be getting his first taste of live receiver work since his junior year of high school when the Panthers report to training camp.
He admitted in June he was still getting used to the more physical nature of NFL pass defense, but the Panthers are confident he'll play a role this year. He's also working on punt returns, despite never having done so in college. A four-year starter at ASU, Edwards led the Moutaineers to two national titles and twice won the Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent to the Heisman.
— Darin Gantt