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Panthers sign former Packer Manuel for safety help

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- The Carolina Panthers have addressed their biggest need by signing safety Marquand Manuel, two days after he was released by the Green Bay Packers. The Panthers also officially signed cornerback Dante Wesley and released cornerback Curtis Deloatch and receiver Chris Horn yesterday. The 28-year-old Manuel started all 16 games at strong safety for the Packers in 2006. But he was blamed for giving up several big plays last season and lost his starting job in the pre-season. He was one of Green Bay's final cuts to get to the 53-player limit. Manuel will provide the Panthers with experience where they desperately needed help. Veteran safety Mike Minter announced his retirement in training camp and fellow projected starter Nate Salley missed most of the pre-season with a knee injury. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)