The 32 year old Mikell is a 10 year NFL veteran breaking in with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003 and after an eight year run he played the last two seasons with the Rams. He started all 32 games for St. Louis recording 214 tackles, four sacks, a pair of interceptions, seven passes defensed and nine forced fumbles.
A Boise State alum, Mikell earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2009 after picking up second-team NFL All-Pro honors the year before.
Mikell has a history with two members of the Panther staff; head coach Ron Rivera (2003 – linebackers) and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (2003 – assistant defensive backs; 2004-06 – secondary/safeties; 2007 – linebackers; 2008 – defensive backs; 2009-10 – defensive coordinator) who were members of the Eagles coaching staff during Mikell’s time in Philadelphia.
Nakamura. 27, is a five year veteran spending four seasons with the Ravens before joining the Panthers last year where he started 13 games. He had two sacks and 28 tackles. The former sixth-round pick by Baltimore in 2008 will miss the entire season.