Geoff Hangartner joins the Panthers retirement line

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He might not get the full treatment his friend Jordan Gross got earlier this offseason, but the Panthers lost another longtime blocker to retirement.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, free agent guard Geoff Hangartner has decided to retire after nine seasons.

The former fifth-round pick was a smart and capable blocker, but was out of work when the call came to rejoin his old pals Gross and Travelle Wharton. 

“I’ve known for a while I was going to retire,” I knew when I came back this was going to be my last year. It was a good way for me to end because I got to come back and play for a team I loved playing for and finish out with my buddies. Luckily we had some success, which made it even more fun. It was a fitting way for me to end my career.”

Hangartner started 85 games in his career (including a stint when he left the Panthers to sign with the Bills), and came back as part of the Panthers right guard by committee/Spinal Tap drummer search this year.