Panthers agree with rookie Terrell McClain


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- It took far longer than expected, but the Carolina Panthers just announced they have agreed to contract terms with third-round pick Terrell McClain.

A University of South Florida product, McClain was the 65th player taken in the draft. Although he’s missed a few days of practice, McClain has a chance to start at a position that’s been a glaring weakness the last couple of years. Even the missed practices aren’t a huge deal since the Panthers won’t practice in pads for the first time until later today.

McClain and Sione Fua both were drafted in the third round. The Panthers also added free-agent defensive tackle Ron Edwards from Kansas City and those three could end up being the top three defensive tackles.