Wharton meeting with Panthers today

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Travelle Wharton might not be out of work long, and he might not have to meet many new people.

Released by the Bengals Monday, Wharton is visiting with the Panthers today, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

Wharton was basically cut because he was too expensive to keep as a backup in Cincinnati, and last year’s preseason knee injury didn’t help his situation.

But the Panthers, if the price is right, could use him immediately.

Wharton, 32, spent eight seasons with the Panthers, starting 99 games at both tackle and guard. The Panthers could use at least some tackle depth, though there’s no reason to think a healthy Wharton isn’t an upgrade over either right tackle Byron Bell or right guard Geoff Hangartner.