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Reports: Panthers near deal with Vonn Bell

Vonn Bell

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.

The veteran safety has spent the last three seasons with the Bengals, after starting his career with the Saints.

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