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Jordan Gross still saying he’ll play for Panthers or retire

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The Panthers’ season came to an end with a 23-10 loss to the 49ers on Sunday, leaving the team’s 21 impending free agents to start pondering their futures.

For most of them, those thoughts will focus on whether or not they’re returning to the Panthers. For left tackle Jordan Gross, there will first be a decision about whether to play next year.

Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that Gross reiterated Monday that he will contemplate retirement this offseason. And, just as he did before the season, Gross said that he’ll only play for the Panthers if he does return for the 2014 season.

It might be a good time to think about adding a potential replacement to use once Gross retires, but at least another year together seems like a good outcome on both sides. Gross is still playing at a high enough level at 33 that Carolina would probably be happy to secure his return before moving on to thornier roster issues and Reed reports that Gross said he still feels like he has tread left on the tires.

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5 Responses to “Jordan Gross still saying he’ll play for Panthers or retire”
  1. rhinojr says: Jan 13, 2014 1:21 PM

    He had a better year this year than last year, that’s for sure! We need another Tackle and one more guard…just like every team in the NFL!

  2. willycents says: Jan 13, 2014 1:37 PM

    Josh you missed a pun: ” it will be gross for the Panthers when he retires.”

  3. floratiotime says: Jan 13, 2014 1:44 PM

    Way to reduce your offer there Einstein.

  4. mmsierra says: Jan 13, 2014 3:35 PM

    Was it just me ?
    Cam Newton seemed pretty aloof and standoffish wearing his towel over his head
    Does he talk to team mates during the game ?
    How about coaches ?

    Admittedly, I’m a 49ers fan, but it seemed kind of jerky of him

  5. jgedgar70 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:33 PM

    Gross can still play if he’s willing to move back to right tackle, where he won’t go up against the opponent’s best DE or LB. I think the team owes him, considering how many times he’s restructured his contract over the years to give us some cap space.

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