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Panthers sign Quintin Mikell, place Nakamura on IR

Christian Ponder, Quintin Mikell AP

The Panthers upgraded at safety Monday, again making a needed move with a veteran out of a bit of desperation.

The team announced they signed veteran safety Quintin Mikell, placing Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve with a concussion to create the roster spot.

Mikell spent the last two years with the Rams, but played under Panthers coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott with the Eagles, giving him immediate familiarity.

The Panthers have former Raiders castoff Mike Mitchell opposite Charles Godfrey at the moment, though it’s hard to imagine Mikell won’t replace Mitchell quickly.

The signing is similar to last week’s addition of guard Travelle Wharton, who they tried to bring in earlier for the league minimum, but ended up making more money when injuries revealed a glaring weakness in the roster.

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4 Responses to “Panthers sign Quintin Mikell, place Nakamura on IR”
  1. hardythekraken says: Sep 2, 2013 11:11 AM

    this is a huge signing for the Panthers, they are upgraded at safety immediately. thank God Nakamura is gone as well. win/win!

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 2, 2013 12:02 PM

    Gettleman missed by not drafting a safety that could help them. It was an obvious need last season. At this point they are just patching things up back there at safety.

  3. jameswhorton80 says: Sep 2, 2013 8:25 PM

    Great signing, glad to see Nakamura wont be on the field to screw things up! We have signed some great vets to help out this year. KEEP POUNDING Panthers, this is our season!

  4. keeppounding says: Sep 3, 2013 12:58 PM

    Great pickup. We need to find a quality o-lineman on the waiver wire. Someone cut for cap reasons. If there are any.

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