Former South Carolina Gamecocks offensive guard Travelle Wharton played a big part in the Carolina Panthers’ most successful season in a while. The former All-SEC guard played his first eight seasons with the Panthers before being released, was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals but never played a snap due to injury, then returned to Carolina after his contract with the Bengals was terminated. Despite the team allowing 43 sacks, they went 12-4 and won the NFC South division.
Now, though, it looks like Wharton may be thinking about hanging up the cleats for good.
#Panthers FA guard Travelle Wharton, attending South Carolina pro day, says he is leaning toward retirement. But no final decision yet.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 2, 2014
Wharton is currently a free agent after signing a one-year deal with the Panthers before the 2013 campaign. Unfortunately for him, with each passing day, it looks like there isn’t much of a market for him right now. (Of note: he’s been a part of three of the franchise’s five playoff seasons, two of which were division champs.)
Wharton hasn’t made anything final yet, but if things don’t open up soon, he might be all done.