Report: Jordan Gross will retire


The Panthers have been clearing salary cap space this week, but they won’t need any of it for left tackle Jordan Gross.

Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that Gross has decided to retire rather than return for a 12th NFL season. An official announcement is expected to come on Wednesday.

Gross was set to become a free agent next month, but said at the end of last season that he would either play for the Panthers or no one. Gross, the eighth pick of the 2003 draft, was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and made the AP All-Pro team after the 2008 season.

His retirement leaves a big hole for the Panthers to fill on the offensive line as Gross was still playing at a high level in 2013 without much reason to expect a slip in his game in 2014. Some of the cap space created by restructuring the deals of Thomas Davis, Jonathan Stewart and Ryan Kalil could be earmarked for finding a replacement, although the Panthers have 20 other pending free agents and some other work to do on the offensive line this offseason.

34 responses to “Report: Jordan Gross will retire

  1. At least he won’t sign with the Packers lol! Sorry for Panthers fans though. He’s a gamer that probably has plenty in the tank for another playoff run or two.

  2. Going to be difficult for the Panthers to improve on a great 2013 with all the free agents and this loss.

  3. I’d offer him the full Tony Gonzalez treatment. Show up the week before the season starts. Practice when you want. Pay him like the 3rd best tackle in football.

  4. Props to Gross for letting the team know now instead of waiting till the last minute. This gives time for the team to change its gameplan for the draft. Any team that loses a quality LT has a lot to overcome.

  5. Was hoping for another season or two before retirement in order to fill other needs via the draft. I think this might change the draft for the Panthers and force them to look at OL more than WR.

  6. Probably has a $600,000 home and a Lexus, as opposed to a $6mil home and a Lamborgini, and thus has money left to live a good, healthy, long life.

  7. 3 probowls in 10 years, as the 8th overall, does not qualify as being a “great player”. Sure, most 1st rounders should get at least 2-3 probowls (and most don’t) but let’s not tie “great” to a guy who’s more average with 1 good year. Great guy, sure, great player, no.

  8. I’m getting old. Can’t believe this guy’s been in the league that long. Thought he was like a 6 year vet.

  9. Jordan has been a good friend of mine for years. He is an incredible person. He is excited about the opportunity to spend time with his wife and young children. I am so happy for him that he is leaving on his terms, healthy and young enough to be involved with his family.

    It isn’t a surprise, but I am so glad to see that his success never went to his head. He stayed the same great kid he always was. Panthers fans, you were blessed to have him, and I know he feels blessed to have been in Charlotte.

  10. This makes me realize just how many players, who are talented and very good, never get rings. It makes me kind of sad. Anyway props to him for knowing the toal football takes on your body when your young, let alone early thirties. Hopefully he can enjoy good health rather than playing another two or three years and not having good health.

  11. Lucky for them that he retired in a draft that’s seemingly stacked at the position. I can’t believe he was in the league that long already though. Seems like he was a rookie yesterday.

  12. This was a Gettlemen decision. Gross was allowed to announce it, which is what a veteran should be allowed to do. He had some good years, but he had some where was a virtual turnstile.

    It was time. People saying he was great, have a strange definition of great. He didn’t play too bad last year, but going out in one piece is good for him.

    Thanks for the cap space and your longevity.

  13. I was JUST NOW talking up Gross in another thread here, and am astonished that he would announce as soon as he becomes a free agent, and doesn’t even take time to shop around. It may not be the same position, but Barry Sanders and Robert Smith did the same thing, basically, and retired while they still had wheels to get around on, and a head that is still useful. I really can’t blame Gross. He did what he thought was right for him, and his family. I applaud him for that, and wish him and his family all the best in their futures.

  14. A fine player. Hard working, classy, and dedicated. Along with Kalil, one of the nicest guys you will ever meet out in public. If this stands, you sir, will be missed. Thanks for everything.

  15. Hate to seem him go, but good for him. Great Panther, classy guy. Now I wouldn’t be shocked to see Gettleman go back to back O-line picks this year like he did with the D-line last season. Shore up the lines in the draft and take care of WR in free agency.

  16. Good for him. Glad to see him go out on his own terms and apparently pretty healthy. Most linemen in the league are on hgh so hopefully most get out before the health ramifications come to pass.

  17. How do you reward a pretty decent player who’s been loyal to your two-bit organization for 10 years? Force him into retirement because you can’t manage your cap situation, despite having very little real talent to pay.

    Panthers, classy and well-run as always. They may have stumbled into a nice run last year, but they’re a fraud. Expect to see this team back in the gutter next year where it belongs.

  18. Saw him last week . Looks good. Probably down 35 pounds or so…Good for him. .Stands a real good chance of living a normal, healthy lifespan. Great guy, humble and pleasant…Idaho kid thru and thru!

  19. This hurts. Gross WAS a great player in his prime (2004-08). He was good last year, and I was hoping he would sign a 2-year deal and play right tackle while we went out and found a left tackle. With him retiring, that pretty much assures that Byron Bell will be on the team next season, which will keep me awake at night.

    Mr. Gettleman, call the Rams and trade for the second pick so we can have Greg Robinson. Give the Rams whatever they want.

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