July 23, 2013
Updated: Wharton meeting with Panthers
4 p.m. update:
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Wharton will take a physical for Carolina, but stopped short of saying the Panthers would sign him if he passes the physical.
"We brought him in, just to check and see how he is," Rivera said. "We're going to have him take a physical."
And if he passes?
"He gives us a person that's available."
A former Panthers offensive lineman could be close to a return to Carolina.
Travelle Wharton, released Monday by Cincinnati, is meeting with the Panthers today, according to a league source.
ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas was the first to report the meeting.
A team source on Monday cast doubt upon a possible return by Wharton, who injured his knee on the Bengals' third play of their preseason opener in 2012 and missed the entire season.
But Wharton's familiarity with the organization and the offense – coupled with the Panthers' need for offensive line depth – could make for a good fit.
Wharton, 32, spent his first eight seasons with Carolina, and started 99 games at guard and tackle.
The former South Carolina standout has remained close with several members of the Panthers' line. He lives in the same neighborhood as veteran left tackle Jordan Gross.
Posted by Observer Sports on July 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM | Permalink
If his knee checks out sign him up. He is an upgrade over Hangartner and can play tackle if necessary.
Posted by: Jimcat | Jul 23, 2013 12:26:27 PM
Bring him in, but only as a backup. We need to give the young guys the majority of the reps so they can develop.
Posted by: TP | Jul 23, 2013 12:32:31 PM
Great idea. Immediately becomes the best OG and the second best tackle on the roster.
Posted by: Michael Procton | Jul 23, 2013 12:55:36 PM
give him league minimum $$$
Posted by: big gulps | Jul 23, 2013 1:16:01 PM
For league minimum, he would add good depth where we need it.
Posted by: dew | Jul 23, 2013 1:23:15 PM
IF he is healthy then why not. Obviously would need to be a small contract or the Panthers should just wait and see who is available (and more desperate) later.
Posted by: Brian | Jul 23, 2013 1:54:54 PM
bring the Whart"on"!!
Posted by: shawn | Jul 23, 2013 2:36:30 PM
Amen, if Healthy, and cheap, bring the big man home!
Posted by: LB3 | Jul 23, 2013 2:47:58 PM
Sounds like he wants to retire a Panther. I would sign him as a backup or if his knee is done then sign him for camp and then he can retire a Panther. When he was healthy and in his prime he was a great tackle for the Panthers - started in the Super Bowl. At one time he was on par with Gross.
Posted by: Dom | Jul 23, 2013 3:33:35 PM
OLine is one area Marty seemed to do a good job drafting. The only ones that didn't workout in the NFL (several on other teams) were Duke Robinson and Otah (who was a beast until his knees gave out).
Posted by: Dom | Jul 23, 2013 3:38:10 PM
Please no. He makes too many mental mistakes on the field.
Posted by: par404 | Jul 23, 2013 3:46:48 PM
^^^ not a bad backup. i don't think they'd be bringing him in with the expectation that he would play much.
and it very well could be due diligence in CASE someone gets hurt in camp or whenever.
our line is above average when healthy. but by all means......make it better if you can.
Posted by: charlottean | Jul 23, 2013 4:51:04 PM
This is a no brainer. The only reason he was cut 2 years ago was because of the cap. This guy is one of the best guards the panthers have ever had. If they sign him he would be better than both guards we have. Travelle would help Amini Silatolu a lot. Gross, Wharton, and our RBs already have chemistry.
Posted by: Panthersguy | Jul 23, 2013 6:30:39 PM
@Don, he was in college when we were in the super bowl. He played guard and tackle in his years here. One of the most underappreciated players of the 2000s. He is better than anybody we have now.
Posted by: Panthersguy | Jul 23, 2013 6:33:33 PM
There is a valid reason the Bengals released him. I like Travelle and if he can pass a physical, sign him up.
Posted by: David | Jul 23, 2013 6:53:11 PM
I doubt this will happen.
Posted by: Hugo Panther | Jul 23, 2013 7:56:40 PM
Yes. If the leg holds up he becomes the best OL behind Kalil.
Posted by: qdog112 | Jul 23, 2013 8:22:54 PM
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