Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cincinnati Bengals have signed guard Travelle Wharton, formerly of the Carolina Panthers.
As we noted last night, the Bengals have been flush with salary cap space but to this point had refused to spend it. Wharton is the team’s first addition of the 2012 free agency period.
The Panthers’ starting left guard for the past four seasons, Wharton figures to play the same position in Cincinnati. Former Bengals starting left guard Nate Livings signed a five-year, $19 million deal with the Cowboys on Friday.