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Panthers sign Ball, restructure Minter's contract

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers added depth to their defensive line by signing reserve end Dave Ball, and they created salary cap space by restructuring safety Mike Minter's contract.

Ball's agent Bruce Tollner confirms that Ball signed a one-year deal. The 26-year-old Ball played in 15 games over the past two seasons with the New York Jets.

Minter's restructuring assures the veteran will return for his 11th season with Carolina. The 33-year-old Minter has started a team record 94 consecutive games, but the Panthers are expected to give younger players more time next season in the secondary.

The Panthers, virtually silent during free agency, are about $10 million under the salary cap after reworking Minter's contract.

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