Bell has played in 62 games, with 56 starts, in his first four NFL season. He started 15 games for the Panthers at right tackle in 2014, but according to Pro Football Focus, allowed nine sacks of quarterback Cam Newton.
Bell played 15 games at left tackle last season, after playing right tackle for the Panthers the previous three seasons.
Monday night, Bell posted a farewell message on Instagram, saying, "It's been real in Carolina now time to see where the Lord takes me next! Can't be mad. 4 years would love more but hey it is what it is."
He wrote, "It's been real in Carolina now time to see where the Lord takes me next! Can't be mad 4 years would love more but hey it is what it is I guess just got to keep pushing the Lords work and growing as a Christ!"
Bell started 62 games out of a possible 64 in his four years as a member of the Panthers.
"Byron showed flashes. It's about consistency. I give him a little bit of the benefit of the doubt, it was his first year playing there," Gettleman told the paper. "But I think we've shown if a player shows up that we think is going to make us better, we're going to go get him."
The 6-5, 340-pounder is scheduled to hit free agency.
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