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Report: Quintin Mikell signs with Panthers

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Quintin Mikell has averaged 92.6 tackles in the past five seasons. (USATSI)
Quintin Mikell has averaged 92.6 tackles in the past five seasons. (USATSI)

In the past five seasons, safety Quintin Mikell has started all 79 games he's played, and he's averaged 92.6 tackles per year to go with 10 total interceptions. But until Monday, he didn't have a job for the 2013 season.

The Panthers, though, have rectified that by signing Mikell to a one-year deal, the Charlotte Observer reports.

The 32-year-old Mikell is a 10-year veteran, and the paper writes that he'll compete against Mike Mitchell for the starting strong safety job. Helping Mikell sign a deal was that he has strong ties to Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as the two worked together for a number of years in Philadelphia.

“He can play. He's a good football player,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said in July when asked about the possibility of signing Mikell. “We'll see how things go.”

Mikell had been released by the Rams last March.

In a corresponding move, the Panthers placed safety Haruki Nakamura on the IR list.

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