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Panthers near deal with Vonn Bell

Carolina Panthers
14 Mar 2023, 20:44 GMT+10

Darin Gantt

CHARLOTTE - Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer mentioned that adding some safety help was a priority at the combine.

And they appear to have moved quickly to find one.

According to multiple reports, the Panthers are nearing a deal with veteran safety Vonn Bell. The deal can't become official until the league year starts on Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old Bell spent the last three seasons with the Bengals and had four interceptions last season.

Originally a second-round pick of the Saints out of Ohio State, Bell has 93 career starts, six interceptions, 15 forced fumbles, and 11 fumble recoveries.

He's a proven starter in the secondary (where they have another solid veteran in Xavier Woods), and he gives them some flexibility with Jeremy Chinn.

Chinn could play a hybrid role in the new defense, and he's made more plays when he was closer to the line of scrimmage.

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