Panthers give up on transforming Edwards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Armanti Edwards project officially has been shelved.

The Carolina Panthers waived on Tuesday the former Appalachian State quarterback, who led the Mountaineers to consecutive Division I championships in 2006 and 2007, that they tried to transform into a wide receiver.

Edwards was selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. In 39 games he had five catches for 121 yards. His biggest contribution was as a return specialist, where he returned 36 punts for 253 yards and 15 kickoffs for 295 yards.

He was expected to compete for the third wide receiver spot this season, and was called the MVP of training camp by coach Ron Rivera at one point. His days were numbered when he lost that battle to Ted Ginn Jr., also a return specialist.

The Panthers also cut wide receiver Cordell Roberson from the practice squad and signed Toney Clemons.