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Panthers release Geoff Hangartner

Geoff Hangartner AP

Geoff Hangartner has started all 28 games he’s played for the Panthers over the last two years, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be starting any more for them in 2013.

The Panthers announced Thursday that they have released the veteran offensive lineman. Hangartner started four games at right guard for the Panthers last year and then started eight more at center after Ryan Kalil was injured, but was slated for a return to right guard this season.

The idea was for Hangartner, who was set to make $1.575 million this year, to compete with fourth-round pick Edmund Kugbila and Garry Williams for that job. Hangartner was the favorite, especially with Kugbila has been sidelined by leg injuries throughout the offseason, but the Panthers obviously didn’t feel he was the right man for that or any other job.

The Panthers have also interest in adding Travelle Wharton to the mix at guard, although Wharton remains a free agent after being released by the Bengals. We’ll see if Hangartner’s departure is the first step in Wharton’s return to Carolina.

As for Hangartner, he used to play for Broncos coach John Fox and offensive line coach Dave Magazu when the two men were with the Panthers. The team has added Ryan Lilja in the wake of Dan Koppen’s torn ACL, but they may be looking for other options at center and familiarity with Hangartner could lead to his name popping up in Denver.

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21 Responses to “Panthers release Geoff Hangartner”
  1. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2013 11:21 AM

    I’m sure some bottom feeder will pick him up. Eagles perhaps … or the Redskins.

  2. vexey says: Aug 1, 2013 11:24 AM

    This sucks to see. He was a good guy

  3. somethingsmellsrotten says: Aug 1, 2013 11:35 AM

    What name doesn’t pop up in Denver according to this site?

  4. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see my Titans snag him. Their new starting O-line is stellar (on paper), but they have no depth at center or guard.

  5. footballhistorian says: Aug 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    Hello Dallas?

  6. pantherman711 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    Piggy!!!!! Say it ain’t so!! Definitely did not see this coming. And I’m not sure how this move helps our team…

  7. cpo187 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:47 AM

    Cause he spelt Jeff wrong and it confuses everybody when they try to say it.

  8. germanstingray says: Aug 1, 2013 11:59 AM

    Oh, the fearsome Denver OL with a good left tackle and bunch of others signed off the street. Peyton Manning must be worried about the turnstiles installed in front of him.

  9. Ryan says: Aug 1, 2013 12:08 PM

    This news today is a bit shocking because yesterday there was an article in the Charlotte Observer specifically about Hangartner. Adding to the surprise is the fact that we have so little depth along the O-Line. I want Wharton back but if this move was done to make room for him it was a mistake, someone else should have been let go because Hangartner can fill multiple spots along the line.

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 1, 2013 12:18 PM

    And nothing of value was lost.

  11. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 1, 2013 12:38 PM

    Who?

  12. issa1100 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:38 PM

    @germanstingray

    ur totally off base! get ur facts right, Ryan clady Zane beadles and Luis Vasquez were all pro bowlers last year Orlando franklin in a WALL at RT and the broncos just picked up Ryan lilja…the OL is fine

  13. flybirdhaters27 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:56 PM

    @floratiotime…last time I checked the Panthers were a bottom feeder and not one of the elite teams in the NFC. Just stating facts and can’t recall the last time Carolina was in the playoffs.

  14. pilot2011 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:23 PM

    well if you can’t remember the last time the Panthers were in the playoffs then you just screamed out loud how old you are.

    don’t you have back to school shopping to do today?

  15. ccjcsr says: Aug 1, 2013 1:32 PM

    Dang, now they lost the missing piece to the winning a Superbowl……not!

    #CowboyNation

  16. whitdog23 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:38 PM

    any football player who’s snapped the ball…flown over Colorado or any state with an NFL team…seen a fox…or watched a Buick commercial — is linked to playing for Denver.

  17. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:50 PM

    You wonder why this team is below 500. year in year out.

  18. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 1, 2013 2:24 PM

    pilot2011 said: “Well if you [flybirdhaters27] can’t remember the last time the Panthers were in the playoffs then you just screamed out loud how old you are. Don’t you have back to school shopping to do today?”

    OK, now that’s funny stuff.

    - Titans Fan (who remembers when the Panthers almost won the Super Bowl)

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 1, 2013 4:05 PM

    Cam lost weight so he could run for his life more quickly this season.

  20. jgedgar70 says: Aug 1, 2013 5:38 PM

    flybirdhaters27 says:
    Aug 1, 2013 12:56 PM
    @floratiotime…last time I checked the Panthers were a bottom feeder and not one of the elite teams in the NFC. Just stating facts and can’t recall the last time Carolina was in the playoffs.
    _____
    Since when does finishing 7-9 make you a bottom-feeder?

    As for this release, something is missing. This is 1+1=3. There has to be something more than just “going in a different direction” or cutting him to go after Wharton (which would be a truly ignorant move, as Wharton has been an above-average player for exactly 1 year in his life and Hangartner, while not a stud, is a reliable interior lineman). Hopefully we’ll hear the real reason for this soon.

  21. anettleman says: Aug 1, 2013 11:41 PM

    Cap space move. Not for Wharton. Going after a WR now. That’s put us almost $15m under the cap.

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