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Panthers cut Travelle Wharton, re-sign Geoff Hangartner

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The Carolina Panthers announced Tuesday that they have released guard Travelle Wharton and re-signed guard Geoff Hangartner on Tuesday.

Per Joe Person of the CharlotteĀ Observer, releasing Wharton frees up more than $3.8 million in salary cap space. He was due a $5.7 million base salary and $7.6 million cap figure in 2012. (Wharton’s picture is in the upper right.)

Hangartner received a three-year deal, per Person. It’s is expected to be worth much less than Wharton’s now-terminated contract.

“It was an extremely difficult decision on Travelle,” said G.M. Marty Hurney.

Wharton is 31 years old, but he will generate some interest in free agency.

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7 Responses to “Panthers cut Travelle Wharton, re-sign Geoff Hangartner”
  1. dldove77 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    Wharton was a dependable guard and tackle for many years…some team will be lucky to get him for the right price.

  2. slopmcflop says: Mar 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    Pretty surprising, but the extra space is cap space is nice. Wonder if they just might be looking at DeCastro after a trade down?

  3. bobbyyyd says: Mar 13, 2012 7:52 PM

    Travelle is a solid player, and will help out any team he signs with. Wish you the best man.

  4. pilot2011 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:07 PM

    Great player, great person. Best of luck Travelle

  5. patmcrotch says: Mar 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    Jeff Otah needs the boot.

  6. jbvikes says: Mar 13, 2012 8:38 PM

    Let’s get this guy!

  7. mintstreetcats says: Mar 13, 2012 9:05 PM

    Best of luck, Travelle. Thanks for the service in Charlotte!

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