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    October 10, 2018 2:13 PM IST
    The Panthers have signed three potential starters in the second wave of free agency.

    Carolina signed safety Da’Norris Searcy and cornerback Ross Cockrell to two-year contracts on Friday and guard Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year deal. The financial terms were not released [url=]Cheap Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys[/url] , although Cockrell’s agency Reign Sports Management announced on Twitter his deal was worth $6.8 million.

    Searcy and Cockrell both have North Carolina ties and were teammates before with the Buffalo Bills in 2014. It didn’t take them long to resume their trash talking with Searcy having played at North Carolina and Cockrell from rival Duke.

    ”There has been plenty of it already,” Cockrell joked on a conference call Friday.

    Added Searcy: ”Oh yeah, it started when we got off the plane. We already played together and we carried that relationship over from Buffalo.”

    All three free agents fill vacancies left from last season and could start for the Panthers in 2018.

    Searcy was brought in to compete for a starting safety position that opened up when the team released veteran Kurt Coleman.

    Searcy is a seven-year NFL veteran who spent the past three seasons with the Titans after four seasons (2011-14) with the Bills. His most productive season came in 2014 when he had 65 tackles and three interceptions.

    Searcy played in all 16 games last season for the Titans with six starts, recording 27 tackles, one quarterback pressure, one interception and two passes defensed. He also had six stops on special teams.

    He lost his starting job last season [url=]Stefon Diggs Jersey Big[/url] , but said he still sees himself as a starter.

    ”Situations change,” Searcy said. ”I took it on the chin and still helped the team and played excellent when I was there. I will carry myself as a starter and let the chips fall where they may.”

    Cockrell, a four-year NFL veteran, is expected to compete for the starting cornerback spot created when Panthers general manager Marty Hurney traded away Daryl Worley to the Eagles for wide receiver Torrey Smith earlier this month.

    ”I am ready to come in and make plays on the ball,” Cockrell said. That is what I do.”

    Cockrell played in all 16 regular season games with nine starts for the Giants last season and led the team with 11 passes defensed. He also had 49 tackles and a career-high three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.

    He was drafted in the fourth round in 2014 and has played in 53 career games with 31 starts over his four-year career. Since entering the league he has recorded 153 total tackles [url=]DaeSean Hamilton Color Rush Jersey[/url] , 32 passes defensed and five interceptions.

    It will be a homecoming for Cockrell, who grew up in the Charlotte area and played at Charlotte Latin High School.

    ”It’s a great pleasure to come back and rekindle some family ties,” Cockrell said. ”This is great place to play football. We are not too far removed from a 15-1 season and a Super Bowl.”

    Sirles enters his fifth season, having spent the past three with the Vikings and will have a chance to compete for the starting guard spot vacated when All-Pro Andrew Norwell signed with the New York Giants.

    Sirles has played in 30 career NFL games with 15 starts.

    He played in 14 regular season games with four starts last season for the Vikings, with all four coming at left guard.

    The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Sirles helped the Vikings rank seventh in the NFL in rushing yards with 122.3 yards per game. In his starts [url=]Richard Panik Jersey[/url] , Minnesota averaged 132 yards rushing yards per game, nearly 10 yards more than the season average.

    He started a career-high 10 games while playing in 14 in 2016.

    The Milwaukee Brewers placed infielder Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a right thumb strain.

    Villar injured his thumb sliding into third base in Milwaukee’s 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates on Saturday.

    He will have an MRI later Sunday. There is not a timeframe for his return. Villar hit .261 with six home runs and 22 RBIs over 87 games.

    The Brewers recalled outfielder Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has a .257 average, four homers and 12 RBIs in 46 major league games.

    Villar is the 10th Brewers player on the disabled list, with five of them suffering injuries in the final 10 days before the All-Star break.

    ”That’s a lot. We’re fortunate that we have a lot of depth,” assistant general manager Matt Arnold said. ”We’re looking at hopefully getting a lot of those guys back here shortly after the break.”

    Milwaukee is 2-7 in that stretch, including five straight losses [url=][/url] , and ceded first place in the NL Central to the Chicago Cubs.

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