• Carolina Panthers lineman Travelle Wharton unsure about his NFL future

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Feb 27, 2014
    If Wharton also leaves, the Panthers will have a lot of work to do on their offensive line this offseason. 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. 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. Now that he’s losing his carpool companion – Gross had a retirement news conference Wednesday – might Wharton retire, too? He’s played 115 games with Carolina over the years, starting 111 of them. 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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