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Travelle Wharton says he’s leaning toward retirement

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The Panthers have already seen offensive linemen Jordan Gross and Geoff Hangartner retire since the end of last season and a third member of the line says he’s closing in on the same decision.

Guard Travelle Wharton was at South Carolina’s pro day on Wednesday and took his eyes off Jadeveon Clowney long enough to say that he’s leaning toward never facing Clowney in an NFL game. Wharton told Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer that he’s leaning toward retirement, although no final decision has been made.

Wharton is currently ranked 101st on what is now PFT‘s Hot 100 and more list of the top free agents, but the 32-year-old hasn’t generated much buzz in free agency after a good season in Carolina.¬†While that season hasn’t generated the offers Wharton might have liked at this point, an injury or deviation from draft plans could lead a team to come knocking on Wharton’s door before he totally closes it.

Wharton missed all of 2012 with a torn ACL, but returned to the Panthers last season to make 12 starts for the NFC South champions.

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9 Responses to “Travelle Wharton says he’s leaning toward retirement”
  1. pilot2011 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:04 PM

    So Cam is now going to set up like a punter, then find a way to throw it to himself too. What a wonderful off season the Panthers have had.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 2, 2014 3:06 PM

    As a Bengals fan who was looking forward to the improvement at guard by Travelle Wharton (Nate Livings sucks) to only be disappointed by his injury… I could care less… but… wish him the best.

  3. ncarolinarn7 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:17 PM

    Slow feet. Ends blow by him on the corner.

  4. pilot2011 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:26 PM

    He’s a guard slappy. If d tackles blow by him then yes he should retire.

  5. motsuret06 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:47 PM

    He will retire….part of the Dave Gettleman Syndrome….divide and conquer. As we all know…Gettleman has a plan…to tank the 2014 season. I feel sorry for Cam because he will be running for his life with the worst OL in the entire NFL and no one to throw to. However, Gettleman has a plan.

  6. qdog112 says: Apr 2, 2014 3:47 PM

    The 3rd Panthers OL that Gettleman has put out to pasture.

    But like they say in Charlotte, “he’s got a plan”.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 2, 2014 3:59 PM

    Travelle has been dozing off at the dinner table lately, “leaning” toward retirement.

  8. holla2626 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:34 PM

    Would you offer a guy a contract that was mulling retirement? Sounds like he will come in and work his butt off! In other news…Krispy Kreme stock just ticked up due to a projected increase in sales next year.

  9. raiderufan says: Apr 2, 2014 4:47 PM

    I cant wait for Gettleman to be fired so he can tell us all what his plan was and we can have a good laugh

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