Quintin Mikell Finds A Home In Carolina
By Jonah Diltz
The former Philadelphia Eagle and St. Louis Ram, Quintin Mikell, has signed with the Carolina Panthers after becoming a free agent this past March, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Mikell will try to replace current S Mike Mitchell at the starting position throughout the season. The Panthers are trying to build on an impressive defensive line and linebacker core by improving their secondary. Carolina needs a strong tackler in their secondary, and that's what they're getting with Mikell.
“Here with this front seven, we don’t have to blitz a whole lot. The front seven, they’re incredible. Really the whole defense is incredible,” Mikell said. “I’ve never played with a front seven that’s as dominant as those guys are, so I’m excited.”
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott spent time with Mikell back in Philadelphia, and the Panthers are now improved at the strong safety position.
“Sean was pretty much the reason I’m still in the league. He helped me develop as a player and gave me the time and tools over the years to continue to play and play smart,” Mikell said. “That’s one of the things I bring is play smart and bring an intellectual-type concept to the game. He’s helped me with that over the years.”
This is a one year contract for the 10-year veteran who will assess his options when the season has concluded.