The Carolina Panthers shored up their offensive and defensive
lines Tuesday, reaching deals with nose tackle Ron Fields and guard
The 6-foot-2, 314-pound Fields gives the Panthers some much
needed experience up front, where they have two rookies in Sione
Fua and Terrell McClain and a second-year player in Andre Neblett.
The 30-year-old Fields has started 25 games during his six seasons,
including 16 in 2009 with Denver. He was released by Miami earlier
The 6-4, 318-pound Wells has started 91 games during his eight
seasons in the league, the first seven with Arizona. The
30-year-old Wells played last season with Philadelphia and started
one game late in the season. He was released this summer.
Because the Panthers waited until after Week 1 to sign both
players, neither contract is guaranteed.
To make room on the roster, the Panthers will place middle
linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve Wednesday with a torn
Achilles’. They released guard Max Jean-Gilles prior to Sunday’s
28-21 loss at Arizona.
Beason had surgery two weeks before the season opener to
alleviate inflammation in his left foot and was injured during
Sunday’s game. But he wrote on his blog Tuesday he doesn’t believe
he rushed back too soon.
”If I had to do it all over again, and go into that game with
my Achilles injury, I would,” Beason wrote. ”Because football
defines who I am. Sometimes you have to do something that you’ve
never done to get something you’ve never had. The motivating factor
is simple for me. To win, and not fear failure. A lot of people
say, hey, he rushed back too soon. But actually, I didn’t. I told
my teammates and myself that I would only play if I could help the
team. I felt ready to do that. Myself and the Panthers’ medical
staff were convinced that I was healthy enough to play in the
opener versus the Cardinals.”