CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers have announced they've signed free agent defensive tackle Paul Soliai from the Atlanta Falcons to a two-year contract.
Financial terms were not released Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4, 345-pound Soliai is expected to backup Star Lotulelei.
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Soliai, 32, joins Carolina after spending the past two seasons with Atlanta. He played in 14 games in 2015 with 10 starts and had 22 tackles, three tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery. He spent his first seven NFL seasons with Miami.
Coach Ron Rivera says in a release that Soliai gives the Panthers a ''veteran presence'' on the defensive line that ''will be a good compliment'' to starters Lotulelei and Kawann Short.
Soliai was drafted by Miami in the fourth round in 2007 and has played in 128 games with 86 starts.
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