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Byron Bell | Tackle

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 340
College: New Mexico
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The Associated Press confirms that the Panthers have informed free agent LT Byron Bell that he will not be re-signed.
Bell himself alluded to the news on social media Monday. Thrust into left-tackle duties last season following the retirement of Jordan Gross, Bell struggled mightily. He'll search for work as a right or swing tackle. Bell has dabbled at guard in the past, but always struggled on the inside. Feb 24 - 3:15 PM

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Free agent LT Byron Bell announced on his Instagram that he will not be back with the Panthers in 2015.

The caption reads, "It's been real in Carolina now time to see where the Lord takes me next." The fact Carolina wouldn't even consider Bell for a backup role shows just how poorly he played in 2014. Look for the Panthers to add a tackle early on draft day.
Feb 23 - 6:02 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell will return from his knee injury in Week 10.

He'll start against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. Undrafted rookie replacement David Foucault was badly exposed in last Thursday night's loss to the Saints, coughing up repeated hits as Junior Galette simply ran around him and pushed him back with power moves. Bell isn't exactly a stout blind-side protection, but his return should help Cam Newton's cause in Week 10.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's Week 9 game against the Saints.

UDFA David Foucault will start in Bell's place on Cam Newton's blind side. The drop-off shouldn't be major, as Bell has given up a league-worst 23 quarterback hurries this season. Foucault has also given up one sack and three hurries across 72 snaps. He'll see a lot of Junior Galette and Cameron Jordan.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell (elbow) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Barring a setback, Bell will be ready to protect Cam Newton's blindside after being forced from last week's blowout loss to the Packers.
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell has been diagnosed with a "deep elbow contusion," but hasn't been ruled out for Week 8.

Coach Ron Rivera called Bell's injury news "good" after he was forced from Sunday's emphatic loss. It doesn't sound like he'll be forced to miss any time, but how his elbow heals up as the week progresses will be key. Bell is backed up by undrafted rookie David Foucault.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 02:56:00 PM

Panthers LT Byron Bell was forced from Carolina's Week 7 game against the Packers with an elbow injury.

Bell is technically questionable to return, but will almost certainly sit out the remainder of a blowout loss. Undrafted rookie David Foucault is now protecting Cam Newton's blindside.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Byron Bell appears to have won the Panthers' starting left tackle job.

Bell was the favorite all along, but was being challenged by Nate Chandler. Chandler will handle right tackle, where Bell played last season. There's been plenty of hubbub about who Cam Newton is going to throw the ball to. How this offensive line holds up is a bigger concern. Bell and Chandler will man the edges, with LG Amini Silatolu, C Ryan Kalil, and rookie RG Trai Turner inside.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 03:48:00 PM

Panthers re-signed restricted free agent OT Byron Bell to a one-year, $2.187 million contract.

Tendered at the second-round level, Bell stalled before signing, but predictably couldn't find a team willing to submit an offer sheet. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound former undrafted free agent struggled at right tackle last season, but the Panthers believe he's a better fit on the blindside because it was his college position. Carolina's entire offensive line situation is a major concern.
Mon, May 5, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is convinced Byron Bell will benefit from moving to left tackle this season.

Bell was a liability in pass protection at right tackle last year, but Rivera believes he's a better fit on the left side because that's where he played in college. The Panthers offensive line is a major concern after losing Jordan Gross to retirement, with Nate Chandler currently penciled in opposite Bell. ESPN's David Newton "would be surprised" if Carolina didn't draft a tackle in the first round.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 07:19:00 PM

Byron Bell is currently penciled in as the Panthers' starting left tackle.

The Panthers have been hinting at Bell moving from right to left tackle since Jordan Gross retired. Considering Bell has mostly struggled on the right side, it may not be the best plan of attack. The Charlotte Observer projects the current Carolina line as follows: LT Bell, LG Amini Silatolu, C Ryan Kalil, RG Chris Scott, RT Nate Chandler. It's a major problem area for GM Dave Gettleman.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Coach Ron Rivera confirmed at the league meetings that the Panthers are considering shifting Byron Bell to left tackle.

"I don't think it's a bad move if he ends up being our left tackle," said Rivera. It's a scary possibility because Bell has been a liability at right tackle, and would face more athletic edge rushers on Cam Newton's blind side. The Panthers' O-Line is a bigger concern than their receiver corps at this point.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 07:56:00 AM

Panthers extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent RT Byron Bell.

It's worth $2.187 million. Although Bell has been bandied about as a candidate to replace retired LT Jordan Gross, he's barely held his own on the right side over the past three seasons. He'd almost certainly be a disaster on Cam Newton's blindside. The Panthers' tackle issues are such that they couldn't afford to let Bell get away, but there's no guarantee he'll be a starter in 2014.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 03:39:00 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said restricted free agent RT Byron Bell could replace retired Jordan Gross at left tackle.

"I played left tackle in college. I’m naturally left-handed. I do everything left-handed," Bell said. "If I play right tackle, that’s fine. If I play left tackle, that’s fine." After struggling mightily on the right side the past three seasons, it would be a tall task for Bell to make the switch. The Panthers can patch the interior of the line together, but they quite possibly need two new tackles.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 11:50:00 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes restricted free agent Byron Bell could be replaced at right tackle.

Ideally, the Panthers would turn Bell into a swing tackle off the bench after he again struggled badly last season. But in the wake of stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross' retirement -- and with no real in-house options to replace him -- they're going to have a very hard time finding two new starting tackles. Just finding one is hard enough.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 08:33:00 AM