August 25, 2013
Panthers sign veteran OL Travelle Wharton
It had to happen soon.
The Panthers, injured and thin along the offensive line, announced the signing of veteran lineman and former Panther Travelle Wharton on Sunday night.
The former third-round pick played his first eight seasons at Carolina and started 99 games at both guard and tackle. He injured his knee on the third play of the 2012 preseason opener with Cincinnati and has not played since.
Carolina brought in the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wharton in late July but he left without a contract likely due to the two sides not agreeing on a price. Wharton told the Observer Sunday night he signed a one-year deal.
He'll likely push Garry Williams for the starting right guard position. Wharton provides an immediate upgrade to the Panthers offensive line ravaged by injuries. Carolina cut veteran guard Geoff Hangartner during training camp, rookie guard Edmund Kugbila has seen just one full practice with a hamstring strain, starting left guard Amini Silatolu won't play Thursday with a hamstring injury and versatile lineman Jeff Byers is also banged up.
Carolina now has 79 players on its roster. The Panthers must trim that to 75 by Tuesday afternoon.
--Jonathan Jones and Joseph Person
Posted by Observer Sports on August 25, 2013 at 07:41 PM | Permalink
If he had anything left he would have been signed weeks ago. We are still in deep trouble
Posted by: Timmy | Aug 25, 2013 8:04:59 PM
I am ready to try anything new. Travelle can NOT be any worse than what we have seen so far. I am starting to think we need the D-Line needs to play 2way. Our offensive line is what will keep us from the playoffs.
Posted by: Jeff | Aug 25, 2013 8:42:59 PM
If healthy, Travelle Wharton is a major upgrade at the right guard or right tackle positions. Right guard and right tackle continues to be a turnstile.
KUGBILA IS A BUST and needs to be cut as soon as possible. He should not have been drafted in the 4th round but Mr. Gettleman wanted an "injured hog molly" and he got a liability. He has had little or no contact on the field but is a WALKING MASH UNIT. Cut him and pick up someone that can stay healthy and play.
Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 25, 2013 9:25:51 PM
Kugbila will end up on the PUP list, and in Week 7 will go on IR. He will then be cut before next season starts. He was a flyer, and it didn't work out.
Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 25, 2013 9:32:38 PM
Is Hangartner still available? He at least knows the offense, and can take Kugbila's roster spot.
Posted by: Original Panther Dan | Aug 25, 2013 9:34:51 PM
I think we should at least see kugliba play once before labeling him a bust. I hope Wharton has something left in the tank.
Posted by: wes mantooth | Aug 25, 2013 10:11:49 PM
How about making a trade for a lineman? Everyone agrees we need real help. Wharton is nice pick up but damaged goods. We have an amazing D this year and could have a real run if the O-Line could work. Call in some veterans that may have hung it up. Stop the bleeding this year and draft the line next year. We need more than Wharton and we have been through this Kugbila thing before......Otah anyone?
Posted by: dennis | Aug 25, 2013 10:35:27 PM
Posted by: henry firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 25, 2013 10:39:58 PM
Panthers haters....stay off the phone...you either with us or against us!!!
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Posted by: Peter North | Aug 25, 2013 10:47:32 PM
Recall Jeff Otah for the veteran minimum if he is in playing shape and wants to play. U decide.
Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 26, 2013 1:23:51 AM
Whitecomet77, while in with you on Otah, no player was a bigger waste of talent. Easily over 400 lbs now. Otah could have been an All Pro, but you can will him to be.
Posted by: Steven | Aug 26, 2013 9:28:50 AM
The good news is that we can only get better on offense. I'm excited about that.
Cam looks mediocre at best, but we have no line, RB's aren't doing much, and we are probably not showing our true game plan. I hope it works out, I think we should've tried to get a little more in sync during preseason, the poor play may mentally hurt us and keep us from starting out too well on offense. Worst case, we're as bad as we have looked. I hope not.
Posted by: big gulps | Aug 26, 2013 9:46:21 AM
Patience. I know now that Gettleman-Rivera know what they're doing. We'll get 'er done!!
Posted by: Yonse | Aug 26, 2013 10:02:26 AM
I have no problem with Travelle if he can stay healthy and learn how to pass block he was great at run blocking.
Posted by: carsoldier | Aug 26, 2013 5:52:29 PM
Gettleman-Rivera "know what they're doing" by bringing back a guy hurney drafted.
Posted by: charlottean | Aug 26, 2013 5:57:30 PM
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