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Carolina Panthers sign former Saints safety Marcus Ball

Marcus Ball (36) joins the Panthers defensive backfield after signing with the team Thursday.
Marcus Ball (36) joins the Panthers defensive backfield after signing with the team Thursday. AP

The Panthers announced signing former New Orleans safety Marcus Ball on Thursday, adding even more depth to the position heading into summer workouts.

Ball, who will be a 28-year-old with one year of NFL experience when the season starts this fall, started two games for the Saints and posted 12 tackles while adding nine stops on special teams.

To make room for Ball, the Panthers waived safety Kimario McFadden, who finished last season on Carolina’s practice squad.

Terms of Ball’s deal were not immediately available.

According to Pro Football Focus, a football analytics site, Ball played 98 snaps and quarterbacks threw his way 10 times. Receivers had 10 receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown last year.

Ball played well in his two seasons before arriving in New Orleans while he was in Canada. Playing for the Argonauts, Ball had four interceptions in two years.

He turns 28 in the summer, and he’s getting a late start in the NFL after attending three different colleges.

Ball, the younger brother of former Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball, played his first two years at Florida State but left in 2008 following a large academic cheating scandal. He spent a year at Pearl River Community College before transferring to Memphis.

Ball didn’t finish his second season with the Tigers after getting suspended for a violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound Ball will compete with Robert Lester, Kurt Coleman and undrafted rookie Dean Marlowe for backup duties this summer.

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