The Lead Writer here at CatCrave.com, Charles Towne Panther, wrote an article not too long ago about The Benefits of Signing Quintin Mikell. Signing Mikell would be a great boost to the defense, especially to a unit that is argumentally the worst on the Panthers. But I really would rather the Panthers bury this desire to sign Mikell for a few reasons.
I’d rather not mislead anyone in the CatCrave fan base. Signing Mikell would make our team better. It’s as simple as that. His presence would give the VERY young group experience and leadership from a Pro- Bowl player, something the Panthers honestly don’t have. Mikell is also in the prime of his career, something that seems really odd for a 32 year old player, but it is true. Mikell ended last season with career numbers. 101 tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Not too shabby for a 32 year old safety. Along with Charles Towne Panther’s assessment, if Mikell signed with the team he would become the best and most experienced secondary player on the team.
Here is a great quote from his article, “His addition along with the experienced Drayton Florence could provide invaluable leadership and on-field instruction to the young defensive backfield in Carolina. Mikell is not a long-term solution to the Panthers secondary concerns, but he will be of value to Carolina in more ways than just his play on the field.”
So his positives are definitely there. But personally I believe that we need to prepare for the future by building the team instead of an immediate solution. We could gamble good young players, players like Robert Lester and D.J. Campbell on a player that honestly might be with the team for just one year. His possible contract could end up being more a hit to the team monetarily as well. Now I am no expert on the finances of an NFL team, but the last contract that Mikell signed was with the Rams last year and it consisted of a four year deal for 27 million dollars. The Panthers money problem has been the biggest problem for the team, and though Gettleman has shored up a ton of money from restructuring contracts, the possible sum of money for one player with Pro-Bowl experience maybe too much. I would expect a 3 to 6 million dollar deal for one player for one year, but again I am no expert.
Now signing Mikell would be great for the team but to me the negatives outweigh the positives. The team should put their stock into the guys who have talent than into one guy with a lot of talent. The front eight should hold enough for even a mediocre secondary to flourish so honestly I don’t think the Panthers need Mikell. Lester, Campbell, Mitchell, Godfrey, and Nakamura will be more than enough to compete in training camp and get the best out of each other. The Carolina Panthers will be just fine without Quintin Mikell.