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February 04, 2006

Panthers need to start thinking about extension for Wharton

As the Carolina Panthers worry about re-signing some players who can become free agents in March, they also might want to start thinking about one player who can’t.

That’s left tackle Travelle Wharton. He’s under contract through 2007. If the Panthers truly believe Wharton is their left tackle for the long term, it might be wise to sign him to an extension soon.

It also might prevent some headaches. Wharton is scheduled to make $385,000 in 2006 and $460,000 in 2007. Everything is relative, but for a starting left tackle, Wharton is grossly underpaid. He knows it and his agent knows it. This won’t become a Terrell Owens situation, but don’t be surprised if some noise is made about Wharton’s salary if talks about an extension don’t come.

Wharton had a decent (but, by no means, great) first year as a starting left tackle. Even though the Panthers don’t have a lot of salary cap room for 2006, giving Wharton a raise and extension could help a lot down the road. Right now, the Panthers could sign Wharton to a very reasonable extension. If he plays well in 2006, the price tag goes up dramatically and he gets a step closer to free agency.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 4, 2006 at 04:35 PM | Permalink

Comments

Great call on your part. I just have to wonder about whether or not an article like this one affects the outcome of signing players: not only in this case but in other situations as well.

Posted by: Nick | Feb 7, 2006 12:53:41 AM

DID YOU WATCH THIS PAST SEASON!? I don't know how many sacks Delhomme took this season but half of them had to have come from whoever lined up against Wharton. (please refer to game one in Chicago where I was hoping Jake would just survive the hits that Wharton was giving up). Is he serviceable? Maybe. Was he horrendous for many games this past season? Yes. Pat, just be happy that this is the early off-season and not many people are reading this article because you are way off on this one. In the future, please watch the team that you are reporting. And while you are giving out great ideas, maybe the Panthers should resign Stephen Davis to a huge raise/extension (hopefully you can read the sarcasm). That is all.

Posted by: John Menser | Feb 7, 2006 10:08:57 PM

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