Panthers agree to terms with NT Fields, G Wells

The Carolina Panthers shored up their offensive and defensive

lines Tuesday, reaching deals with nose tackle Ron Fields and guard

Reggie Wells.

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

this month.

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.”