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Travelle Wharton contemplating retirement

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Jordan Gross announced his retirement this week and the left tackle may not be the only member of the Panthers’ offensive line to decide it is time for other pursuits.

Travelle Wharton, who started 12 games next to Gross at left guard last season, commuted with Gross during their years together in Carolina and said Wednesday that he’s also contemplating drawing the curtain on his NFL career. Wharton is set to be a free agent and said he’d like to return to the Panthers if he decides to continue his career in the 2014 season.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do at this point. Still trying to figure it out,” Wharton said, via Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. “Really taking inventory on my body, my mind, and just making sure it’s the right deal for me.”

Wharton was a third-round pick of the Panthers in 2004 and returned to the team last year after spending a year on injured reserve with the Bengals after injuring his knee in the first game of the 2012 preseason. He’s played 115 games with Carolina over the years, starting 111 of them.

If Wharton also leaves, the Panthers will have a lot of work to do on their offensive line this offseason. Put aside defensive end Greg Hardy’s pending free agency and simmering issues with wide receiver Steve Smith, that makes for a nice-sized to-do list for General Manager Dave Gettleman.

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5 Responses to “Travelle Wharton contemplating retirement”
  1. bitw44 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:01 AM

    He was one of the best Guards in the league last year. Losing him and Gross would be would be pretty devastating.

  2. jgedgar70 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:20 AM

    Lord, I hope he keeps playing. He was out of his element the year he played left tackle, but he’s excellent as a guard. Hopefully Silatolu returns to take the LG spot, but even if Horton is a backup, we certainly need him for OL depth.

  3. holla2626 says: Feb 27, 2014 9:33 AM

    Sounds like he will play real hard next year if signed

  4. jm91rs says: Feb 27, 2014 9:39 AM

    I completely forgot that this guy was one of the many that signed deals with the Bengals but never played much due to injury.

  5. qdog112 says: Feb 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    There is a strange atmosphere surrounding the Panthers organization. To date, Gettleman has been accused of not contacting any of the veterans whose contracts are ending. The uncertainty created because of that, permeates throughout franchise and anyone not locked in, begins to worry about their future.

    If the vets like Steve Smith, Wharton and Hardy have not been contacted, there is noway Gettleman has called anyone else. Even people who never played, know that a team’s chemistry is a fragile proposition where the slightest misstep can cause a major setback. To not respect your players enough to call them, bothers me and I can only imagine how the players feel.

    Gettleman has a tough job as a GM and part of that job is communicating with the players. To not do so is malpractice. It will not surprise me if the Gross retirement wasn’t caused due to Gettleman’s refusal to assure his future.

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