2013 Carolina Panthers free agency: Quintin Mikell close to signing with Panthers

Dilip Vishwanat

Looking for help at their strong safety position, Carolina is closing in on a deal for the 10-year veteran.

The Carolina Panthers are close to finalizing a deal for veteran safety Quintin Mikell, formerly of the St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles -- according to CSN's Geoff Mosher. Released this off-season due to his cap figure, Mikell would immediately become the Panthers' starting strong safety, if signed.

Familiarity has been a common thread throughout Ron Rivera's tenure, and the ties to Mikell are deep. Sean McDermott coached him throughout his career in Philadelphia, including his Pro Bowl season in 2009 and a 2010 All Pro appearance.

The 32-year-old Mikell would be a short-term option, but an exceptionally good one for a team in need of an in-the-box safety. He's coming off the highest tackle total of his career with 101 for the Rams last year, including three sacks and four forced fumbles. Another impressive statistic for Mikell is his pursuit in the backfield, indicated by his 19 career stuffed runs, and 10 combined in the last three seasons.

Pairing Mikell with Charles Godfrey represents a huge upgrade in the secondary -- and we'll keep you updated if/when the signing is official.

SEASON TEAM GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR YDS INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD STF STFYDS KB
2003 PHI 16 10 9 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 PHI 14 24 20 4 0.0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2005 PHI 16 24 21 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1
2006 PHI 16 42 31 11 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
2007 PHI 14 74 52 22 1.0 1 1 0 1 20 20 20 0 5 3 6 0
2008 PHI 16 93 68 25 2.0 2 0 0 3 53 18 41 0 9 1 12 0
2009 PHI 16 91 70 21 0.0 0 2 0 2 16 8 16 0 12 2 3 0
2010 PHI 15 88 77 11 1.0 1 3 52 3 0 0 0 0 15 5 16 0
2011 STL 16 91 75 16 1.0 5 1 14 2 11 6 11 0 5 3 8 0
2012 STL 16 101 83 18 3.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
Career 155 638 506 132 8.0 16 8 0 12 100 8 41 0 53 19 53 1


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