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NFL Free Agency 2018: Carolina Panthers sign cornerback Ross Cockrell to a two-year, $6.8 million contract

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The Panthers have added some more depth to their secondary.

According to a tweet from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Carolina Panthers have signed former New York Giants cornerback Ross Cockrell to a two-year contract worth $6.8 million. Reign Sports Management, which appears to be Cockrell’s agency, was the first to break the news.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is also tweeting the same information.

Cockrell has been in the NFL since 2014 and has spent time with the Bills (2014), Steelers (2015-2016) and Giants (2017). He has five career interceptions and one career forced fumble.

My take

This signing won’t immediately make the Panthers secondary the greatest of all time, but it’s at the very least a depth signing for a secondary that is in dire need of bodies to fill out the depth chart. Cockrell will probably compete with Kevon Seymour for the No. 2 or No. 3 cornerback spot.

Of course, this signing wouldn’t have been necessary if the Panthers didn’t trade Daryl Worley for Torrey Smith instead of waiting for him to be released, but so it goes, I guess.

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