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Bengals release Travelle Wharton

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The Bengals have released offensive guard Travelle Wharton, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reported Monday.

Wharton, 32, missed the 2012 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in a preseason game. He was slated to start at left guard before the injury. Third-year pro Clint Boling, who started all 16 games at left guard with Wharton out, appears Cincinnati’s starter at the position for 2013, too.

Wharton was slated to make $2.675 million in 2013, per Rotoworld.com contract data.

Wharton (6-4, 320) has made 99 NFL starts, all with Carolina, with whom he played for 2004 through 2011 before signing with Cincinnati last year. The majority of Wharton’s starts have come at left guard, but he also has a good deal of experience at left tackle. If healthy, he could appeal to clubs looking to strengthen their O-line, and he would rank as one of the best guards available.

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16 Responses to “Bengals release Travelle Wharton”
  1. mzitt18 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    Not sure why they cut him unless he just can’t play. Hope this isn’t a cheap-o Bengals move. I was really hoping Wharton could come in and taking LG from Boling, he’s just OK for me.

  2. whodey18 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    Goo

    Good player.

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    Come back to the Panthers!

  4. jcioffi1485 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:22 PM

    Big body…blown ACL = adios. Just the harsh reality of Sports

  5. junglerat524 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:24 PM

    The “cheap-o” Bengals who just signed Dunlap for $40 mil or the “cheap-o” Bengals who are overpaying Michael Johnson this year with the franchise tag?

  6. pilot2011 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM

    Panthers please

  7. bmoritz2003 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Come to the Steelers, we need quality oline depth, and you can face the Bengals twice a year.

  8. quizguy66 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Sad to see that he never got to show what he could do for us on the field. Hopefully he gets a chance elsewhere. Boling’s development pretty much made him an expensive backup.

    On the plus side, more $ to resign Geno with :)

    -QG

  9. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 12:29 PM

    Well, now I would rate them a seven on the Power Charts.

  10. cincinasty87 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:32 PM

    Clearing up cap space for MJ ,Atkins , and Green

  11. bowdowntothebengals says: Jul 22, 2013 12:58 PM

    Go Bengals!

  12. chiadam says: Jul 22, 2013 1:29 PM

    Thanks for ruining Hard Knocks.

  13. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 22, 2013 1:36 PM

    bmoritz2003 says:Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Come to the Steelers, we need quality oline depth, and you can face the Bengals twice a year.

    ————————–

    With $4.4M in cap space and the need for depth, I’d say the Steelers are a strong possibility.

  14. carnell04 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    Boling is just ok for you? He was one of our better OL last year. He graded out 23rd out of ALL NFL OG’s. He was 10th the first half of the year. The guy just doesn’t mess up.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 22, 2013 4:52 PM

    “He graded out 23rd out of ALL NFL OG’s. He was 10th the first half of the year. The guy just doesn’t mess up.”

    If he doesn’t mess up and he was 10th for the first half of the year, why did he fall to 23rd at years-end? Hmmm.

  16. joshh967 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:48 PM

    It drives me crazy reading comments about “cheap bengals” and hearing about how much room we have in our salary cap. When you break it down it’s not like we have an unlimited amount of funds to spend on players and with AJ, Daltons, and Atkins contracts coming up, we’ll need that space.

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