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CB Alan Ball leaves town without deal with Carolina Panthers

Alan Ball started all 22 games he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, including the first seven of 2014 before a season-ending biceps injury. He has 44 starts in 93 games over his eight-year career.
Alan Ball started all 22 games he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, including the first seven of 2014 before a season-ending biceps injury. He has 44 starts in 93 games over his eight-year career. Getty Images

Free agent cornerback Alan Ball left Charlotte on Friday without finalizing a deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Ball concluded his visit with the Panthers on Friday. A league source said Ball, a former Jacksonville starter in his eighth season, has interest from other teams as well.

If Carolina can get a deal done, Ball, 29, would join a relatively young cornerback group that includes starters Josh Norman and Bené Benwikere and backup Melvin White.

Ball, a seventh-round draft pick of Dallas in 2007, has been a starter for three of his eight seasons. He started 16 games at free safety for the Cowboys in 2010 and was the Jaguars’ right cornerback the past two seasons.

A biceps injury ended Ball’s season last year after seven games.

Ball, 6-2 and 197 pounds, has six career interceptions. His best season was in 2013 when he had a career-high 14 pass breakups and tied his career best with two interceptions.

Ball is a press-man corner who is most comfortable outside. Signing Ball could allow the Panthers to slide second-year corner Benwikere to nickel back in some situations.

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