Source: Quintin Mikell in talks with Panthers

Source: Quintin Mikell in talks with Panthers
July 3, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Former Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, who spent the past two seasons with the Rams, is talking with the Carolina Panthers and could have a deal hammered out soon, according to a source close to the situation.

Mikell, who spent eight seasons with the Eagles and developed into a reliable starter after working his way up from undrafted free agent in 2003, would bring a veteran presence to a young Panthers secondary.

The Rams were happy with Mikell’s play last year, as he totaled 101 tackles, a career-best three sacks and four forced fumbles, but the 32-year-old safety came with a $9 million cap figure for St. Louis.

After Mikell’s release, Rams coach Jeff Fisher spoke highly of the former Eagle to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and expressed a desire to bring him back under a new contract, but talks never developed and the team drafted safety T.J. McDonald in the third round.

"He played very well for us last year,” Fisher told the newspaper. “It's just one of those things that you have to do once you get in the process [of free agency] and you start making moves. But we have interest. The defensive staff was really happy with him last year."

Mikell, a former Boise State standout, became a full-time starter for the Eagles in 2007 after starring on special teams. After the 2010 season, the Eagles let him walk in free agency to the Rams, who inked him to a four-year, $27 million deal with $14 million guaranteed.

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