Mike Pollak signs with Panthers


When the Panthers released Travelle Wharton to save room under the salary cap, they opened up a starting spot on their offensive line.

It could be filled by Mike Pollak. The team announced Thursday that they have signed the former Colts guard to a one-year contract. Pollak started 41 of 58 games for the Colts since joining the team as a second-round pick in 2008. He was more successful as a pass blocker than a run blocker while with Indianapolis, but not good enough to stop others from taking his job in two of the last three seasons.

The Panthers previously re-signed Geoff Hangartner, who started at right guard last season. Between Hangartner, Pollak and Garry Williams, the Panthers should find their starting guards, unless, of course, the draft brings another option.

The team also announced the signing of linebacker Kenny Onatolu. Onatolu has been a special teams stalwart for the Vikings and is expected to play a similar role with the Panthers next season.