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March 11, 2014

Panthers OL Jeff Byers retires

Welcome to the retirement party, Jeff.

Less than an hour before the start of the new NFL year, Panthers offensive lineman Jeff Byers became the latest member of the Panthers to retire.

Byers entered the league as an undrafted free agent signed by Seattle in 2010 after a successful career at guard at Southern California. The Panthers signed him to their practice squad in 2011 and he made his first start at right guard against Chicago in 2012.

Byers played right guard and center for Carolina, playing the latter position after Ryan Kalil broke his foot early in the 2012 season and backup Geoff Hangartner was injured. 

Byers broke his foot eight games into the 2013 season and was placed on injured reserve. 

Byers follows Hangartner and tackle Jordan Gross as Panthers' linemen who have retired in the past two weeks.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2014 at 03:31 PM | Permalink


There appears to be a whole lot of holes opening up on this team than expected. Sure Byers and Hangartner weren't necessarily starters but a weak line is now weaker with no depth, the Smitty situation, are we gonna re-sign Ginn & LaFell... There appear to be more holes now than expected and very little cap money to fill them, how can we buil a strong line & replace Steve through the draft?? Paying Hardy with the tag is looking like a serious handicap, maybe we need to look at cutting DeAngelo and or Godfrey, not looking to make a splash in Free Agency but also dont wanna go from first to worst in the division

Posted by: T | Mar 11, 2014 4:10:02 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 11, 2014 4:12:33 PM

this one is worse than it might appear. byers was once an elite talent whose career was completely derailed by injuries. while that made him a backup in the NFL.....he was still of better value than his salaries ever were. for a backup that could play guard or center....it was very useful to have him on the roster.

T - you're just pointing out why it's insanely dumb to even think about cutting smith. we have to pay him in 2015, too.....why pay guys to play for other teams? it would be nice to have jon beason on the roster since we're paying him 8 million this year.

leave it to gettleman....he'll find a way to dismantle a 12-4 team and run off the ONLY hall of fame candidate this franchise has hade. awesome.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 11, 2014 4:26:40 PM

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